Enviros Get Green Light For Shell Alaska Drilling Appeal

Law360, New York (September 14, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT) -- An Alaska federal judge on Thursday allowed a coalition of environmental groups to immediately appeal to the Ninth Circuit his refusal to dismiss a preemptive challenge by two Royal Dutch Shell PLC units to potential suits seeking to block their Alaskan oil exploration activities.

U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Beistline granted the groups' motion to certify immediate appeal, finding that the request falls within the "narrow exception" allowing appeals of nonfinal orders in rare circumstances. The judge said that the groups met their burden by showing...
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