9th Circ. Finds Shell Alaska Drilling Plan Suit Moot

Law360, New York (July 1, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has tossed a suit over Shell Offshore Inc.'s drilling plan in Alaska's Beaufort Sea in light of Shell's announcement that it had scrapped the original plan and would replace it with a reduced exploration plan.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday dismissed an environmental coalition's challenge of the Minerals Management Service's approval of Shell's 2007-2009 plan of exploration.

After Shell withdrew its plan, the MMS rescinded its approval, characterizing it as “null and void,” according to the...
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