Shell’s Drilling Plan Sparks Litigation

Law360, New York (April 30, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A coalition of native groups and environmental organizations is suing the U.S. government for permitting Royal Dutch Shell Plc to drill for oil in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea without first examining the potential environmental impacts.

In a petition for a stay filed two weeks ago with the Interior Board of Land Appeals, the nonprofit law firm Earthjustice alleged that the Minerals Management Service violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act when it approved Shell’s offshore exploration plan.

Earthjustice accused MMS of not taking...
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