British Gov't Won't Call For Arctic Oil-Drilling Halt

Law360, New York (January 15, 2013, 5:30 PM EST) -- The British government on Tuesday rejected the call of several lawmakers to back a halt on oil and gas drilling in the Arctic, despite safety concerns following the recent grounding of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC rig, saying improved protection efforts would be more effective than a ban.

The government said in a statement — made in response to a September report by the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee — that while it recognized the potential impacts of drilling in the Arctic, it could not ignore that...
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