The State of Alaska has been granted the right to intervene in a case in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals concerning plans by Shell to proceed with exploration for oil in the Beaufort Sea. Several environmental groups are challenging the decision by the Minerals Management Service to allow development of the Outer Continental Shelf. But the state contends that the federal agency adequately considered the impacts of oil drilling on the Arctic ecosystem and on subsistence activities.
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
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