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Obama Administration Asks to Revise Environmental Impact Statement for 2008 Chukchi Lease Sale

Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 08.11.53Extract from an article by Carolyn Davis published 10 April 2014 by NaturalGasIntel.com

The Obama administration, joined by Royal Dutch Shell plc, has asked an Alaska district court to allow the U.S. Department of Interior to revise an environmental impact statement (EIS) used to support the Chukchi Sea lease sale in 2008. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in January ruled that Chukchi Sea Lease Sale 193 held in 2008 may have used inadequate information regarding available reserves and environmental risks (see Daily GPI, Jan. 23; Feb. 8, 2008). The ruling reinstated a 2008 ruling against the government that favored several conservation groups and Alaska stakeholders.

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