In court

Published: Monday 15 September 2008

sonar use limit: While a lawsuit challenging the US Navy's use of mid-frequency active sonar is still pending in the US federal court, a district court in San Francisco has limited the use of low-frequency active sonar to certain military training areas of the Pacific Ocean. The court agrees with conservationists, who had long argued that the use of sonar has the potential to harm or even kill whales. The US navy had repeatedly denied it. The court ruling follows an injunction issued earlier this year against the navy's Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active (LFA) sonar system. It now limits LFA training to waters beyond 50 nautical miles of the main islands, which is known to be a vital habitat for unique marine mammal populations.

coke's water greed: Coca-Cola Amatil, a franchise of Coca-Cola in Australia, has appealed to the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales to approve its proposal to extract 66 mega litres of groundwater from the Mangrove Mountain area in the suburbs. The company has appealed against the Gosford city council's ruling in February that denied the huge extraction after the company failed to conduct a two-year trial to measure the effect on the mountainous area's aquifer levels.

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