By Jeff Speir, Student Director
The Department of the Navy and environmental advocates are no strangers to conflict. Actions aimed at military preparedness are often at odds with environmental protection. From Puerto Rico to California, the military and environmentalists have litigated many fundamental issues of environmental law through the years. In each scenario, governmental decision-makers face the difficult task of delicately balancing competing interests. The Navy’s recent plan to increase training and testing activities off the coasts of Oregon, Washington, and California proposes to disrupt the balance by harming endangered leatherback sea turtles and marine mammals.
|The Navy's operations will impact leatherback sea turtles and humpback whales. [Public domain]|