Shell appealing Beaufort oil exploration shutdown

Shell Oil intends to file for a re-hearing to the full 9th Circuit after their exploration plan for the Beaufort Sea was halted in November. In the November decision, 2 of 3 judges said the Minerals Management Service (MMS) had not taken a “hard look” at the cumulative impacts to habitat and migration routes for marine mammals, waterfowl and wildlife as well as impacts to subsistence for the Inupiaq people of the North Slope.

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

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