Description: Lawsuit to compel action on a petition to delist the Arctic ringed seal under the Endangered Species Act.
North Slope Borough v. Ross
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 07/24/2020 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Lawsuit Filed to Compel Action on Petition to Delist Arctic Ringed Seal. North Slope Borough (the local government for the northern portion of Alaska), the Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slope, and the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation filed a lawsuit to compel action on their petition to delist the Arctic ringed seal under the Endangered Species Act. The plaintiffs alleged that available scientific information since the listing of the Arctic ringed seal as threatened in December 2012 confirmed that the seals’ population remained high and that the population remained healthy while sea ice coverage for several decades. The plaintiffs asserted that new information and analyses demonstrated that the scientific basis for the threatened listing was erroneous.