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Environmental groups lobbying to derail Shell drilling for oil in the Arctic

Saturday, June 6th 2015 - 09:39 UTC
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The Sierra Club and nine other groups sought to overturn the US decision in a petition with the San Francisco 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week. The Sierra Club and nine other groups sought to overturn the US decision in a petition with the San Francisco 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week.

Environmental groups and organizations are lobbying to derail Royal Dutch Shell PLC's plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean as soon as July. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior, gave conditional approval in May to Shell's resumption of fossil fuel exploration in the Arctic, which was paused after a mishap-filled 2012 season.

 The decision was met with approval by some Alaska lawmakers, who believe it will bring money and jobs to the state, as well as protests from environmentalists.

The Sierra Club and nine other groups sought to overturn the government's decision in a petition with the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week.

According to the petition, the plaintiffs are conservation and Alaska Native groups, the members of which “use and enjoy the affected area for recreational, aesthetic, or scientific purposes or whose members depend on the ecosystems and wildlife of the Arctic for subsistence, cultural, and traditional uses.”

The Arctic is estimated to contain about 20% of the world's undiscovered oil and natural gas, but its recovery could be decades away.

Environmental groups contend that weather conditions make it impossible to safely drill in the Arctic, a region that helps regulate the global climate because of its vast layers of sea ice.

In approving Shell's plan, U.S. agencies said the company would still have to obtain additional permits and biological opinions to protect resources, wildlife and workers.

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  • ChrisR

    Ah, the environmentalists, second only to the lying bastards in “Global Warming” oh, NO, it's “Climate Change” now, or pick another name when the continuing lies become clearly unsustainable and proven to be false.

    All these cretins do of course drive cars.

    Jun 06th, 2015 - 05:53 pm 0
  • Conqueror

    Aaah yes. The Sierra Club and similar organisations, such as Greenpeace. Charging around the countryside in 4x4s, SUVs and the like. Charging around the seas and oceans in ships and boats that use fuel obtained from oil. Anybody noticed the hypocrisy? Why not use bicycles and sails? Not fast enough? That'll be because of something called 'progress'.

    Jun 07th, 2015 - 02:27 pm 0
  • yankeeboy

    When Odumbo gets out of office the lying liberals won't have a voice any longer.

    They'll all scurry back under their rocks.

    Silly creatures.

    Jun 07th, 2015 - 03:39 pm 0
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