Arctic Ocean oil drilling opponents win appeal

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says the government failed in evaluating the potential effects of offshore oil drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea when it sold leases to develop millions of acres there.

SEATTLE — The U.S. government violated the law when it opened millions of acres of the Arctic Ocean to offshore oil drilling, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, possibly delaying plans by companies such as Royal Dutch Shell to drill off the northwest coast of Alaska in the near future.
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