U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Navy Sonar Case Ruling Could Be Made By This Fall
Following is a statement by Joel Reynolds, senior attorney and director of NRDC’s Marine Mammal program:
“Today’s decision was anticipated, and we have already begun to prepare for Supreme Court review.
“It’s clear both that high intensity military sonar can injure and kill whales, dolphins, and other marine life and that the Navy can reduce the risk of this harm by commonsense safeguards without compromising our military readiness. These have been the unanimous conclusions of every court that has considered this issue, even after President Bush in January sought unsuccessfully to intervene on the Navy’s behalf.
“Today’s order means that the Supreme Court will now itself consider the matter, and, as we have done repeatedly in this and other sonar cases, we will respond vigorously to the Navy’s appeal.”
Following is a statement by Jeffrey Flocken, Washington, DC director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare:
“High intensity sonar and other manmade noise pose a serious threat not just to whales and other marine mammals but to the entire web of life in the ocean.”