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Judge suspends Arctic drilling, orders new environmental report

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 09.49.25Extracts from a Los Angeles Times article by Paresh Dave published 24 April 2014

In the ongoing battle over offshore drilling, a federal judge in Alaska told regulators Thursday to redo an environmental impact study that underestimated the amount of recoverable oil and, potentially, the risks to delicate Arctic habitat. The decision by U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline stopped short of scrapping the $2.6 billion in leases, however. In light of the new analysis, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will have to decide whether to move forward with or cancel the agreed-upon leases with Royal Dutch Shell, ConocoPhillips and other companies.

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RELATED: Extract from an AlaskaDispatch article by Yereth Rosen published 24 April 2014 published under the headline: “Judge orders new review for 2008 Chukchi Sea lease sale”

The suspension of drilling is somewhat academic. Shell, the only company that had been considering any 2014 drilling, dropped those plans in January indefinitely after the 9th Circuit Court issued its ruling.

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