Margaret Cooney, IFAW Program Officer said: "President Obama's executive action putting some of the Arctic's most sensitive areas off limits, is a step in the right direction, but the best decision would be to not open these areas to development, period."
Cooney added: "Breeding and calving grounds for the critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whale are located solidly within the Atlantic leasing area. With so few individuals left, the loss of even one Right whale could have a severe impact on the overall population."
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