Thursday, November 13, 2008

Military Needs Trump Marine Life

This just in from FindLaw:

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW, MILITARY LAW, REMEDIES
Winter v. Natural Res. Defense Council, Inc., No. 07-1239 (U.S. Supreme Court)

In an action brought by environmental groups claiming that the Navy's use of a particular type of sonar during training exercises in the waters off southern California causes serious injuries to marine mammals, a preliminary injunction against the Navy is vacated to the extent requested where: 1) although the Court does not discount plaintiffs' ecological, scientific, and recreational interests in marine mammals, such interests are plainly outweighed by the Navy's need to conduct realistic training exercises to ensure that it is able to neutralize the threat posed by enemy submarines; and 2) consequently, the district court abused its discretion in imposing the restrictions at issue on the Navy.

6 comments:

Lil' Hammerhead said...

Military needs trump human life.. what makes you think they'd hold marine life any higher?

Saipan Writer said...

Well, yes, Lil...

but it's still important to see it clearly stated, in writing, ...

KAP said...

They say the proposed monument is 'of concern'...

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

That is very disappointing.

Hee Jae said...

Sad..but if I had to choose between safe country or healthy ocean, I might just vote for safe country, especially these days..

Lil' Hammerhead said...

A safe country means a having a healthy ocean.. moreso than sonar training. If we can send men to the moon.. we can certainly figure out a way to train naval men on sonar without damaging threatened sea life. A dead ocean will make the world incredibly more unsafe.