July 10, 2012
“In an effort to hold oil companies to a higher standard in the Arctic Ocean, a coalition of conservation groups announced Monday that they are suing to challenge the federal government’s approval of oil spill cleanup plans for Shell Alaska’s upcoming operations in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.” Shell has already filed preemptive legal strikes against environmental groups and is on track to begin exploratory drilling in August. They have already spent $4 billion on the project and had their drilling permits fast-tracked by the federal government with Obama’s personal involvement.
While the environmental groups are not expecting to halt the drilling set to begin next month, they hope to establish a higher standard of review in upcoming offshore operations.
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