Thursday, July 22, 2010

Court Order Halts Chukchi Oil And Gas Activity

the Post Chronicle
by Yereth Rosen

"All activity on oil and gas leases in the Chukchi Sea off northwestern Alaska must cease until federal regulators complete a review of how the drilling would impact the environment, a federal judge in Anchorage ruled Wednesday.

U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline, ruling in a lawsuit filed by several environmental and Alaska Native organizations, said the Minerals Management Service failed to abide by federal environmental law when it sold $2.66 billion worth of leases in the Chukchi in 2008, mostly to Royal Dutch Shell."...

..."The Chukchi lease sale "was the product of the same broken system that led to poor oversight of BP's drilling operations," Michael Brune, Sierra Club executive director, said in a joint statement released by the plaintiffs." Article>>>>

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