Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, disputes industry claims that shallow-water drilling is much safer than deep-water drilling.
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The deal covers 258 of those candidate species and another 499 plants and animals for which the Center for Biological Diversity has filed court petitions seeking greater protections, said the group's executive director, Kieran Suckling.
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