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Environmental groups chide Burr, Hagan for beach driving bill

Three environmental groups whose lawsuit led to restrictions on beach driving at Cape Hatteras National Seashore criticized legislation Friday that would roll back beach access restrictions aimed at protecting the nests of rare turtles and shore birds.

U.S. Sens. Kay Hagan and Richard Burr of North Carolina are sponsoring a bill similar to legislation filed earlier by Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina, to restore vehicle and pedestrian access that has been curtailed along miles of Outer Banks beaches. In a House subcommittee hearing Friday morning, Jones said the National Park Service beach access restrictions have hurt the Outer Banks tourism eonomy.

The National Audubon Society, Defenders of Wildlife and the Southern Environmental Law Center filed comments on Jones' bill with the House National Parks Subcommittee (attached to this blog post, below) and issued this statement on the Burr-Hagan Senate bill: ... [MORE]

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