Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Puget Sound orcas remain an endangered species

A legal challenge that sought to strip local orcas of their endangered
status was tossed out Wednesday by a U.S. District Court judge in Seattle.

"It's great news," said Kathy Fletcher, executive director of People for
Puget Sound, an environmental group. "We're back where we thought we were
when we got the listing."

In his ruling, Judge Thomas Zilly stated that the building and farming
groups that brought the suit had not proved that they would be harmed by the
protection of the orcas under the Endangered Species Act.

"Remarkably, plaintiffs have totally failed to provide any evidence of
standing," Zilly stated.

The case was dismissed with prejudice, meaning the groups can't bring it
back to court.

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