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Oil drilling is killing endangered beluga whales in Alaska, lawsuit alleges


Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revealed that Alaska's beluga whale population is still significantly declining, despite being protected under the Endangered Species Act, as PBS reported. The government agency's report shared a few potential threats to beluga whales, aka white whales — but the most significant threat to the marine mammals is clear: local oil and gas drilling. And luckily for the belugas, two organizations are already working to stop it. 

On Friday, just a few days after the NOAA published its report, the two nonprofit organizations Cook Inletkeeper and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent to sue the NOAA over this matter. Suing a government agency requires a 60-day waiting period after filing, so the lawsuit will not officially kick off until early April.