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Latest Setback for Shell Oil in Offshore Drilling Plans

ClimateProgress: “Shell’s ambitions to drill for oil off the coast of Alaska received another blow Wednesday, when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Interior Department had failed to adequately assess the scale of oil production that could result from the 2008 sale of leases in the Chukchi Sea.”

“The appeals court called the estimate ‘arbitrary and capricious,’ and said that under the National Environmental Policy Act, the government must ‘base its analysis on the full range of likely production if oil production were to occur. It did not do so here.’  The case was sent back to U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline in Alaska for additional review.”

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