Arctic Drilling Plan Needs Court Backing, Shell Argues

Law360, New York (May 4, 2012, 3:19 PM EDT) -- Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. asked an Alaska federal court Wednesday to uphold approvals by the National Marine Fisheries Service for offshore drilling in the Arctic, hoping to avoid last-minute legal challenges before kicking off oil and gas exploration in July.

Shell Gulf of Mexico and Shell Offshore Inc. brought the suit against a slew of environmental groups they expect to legally challenge authorizations by the NMFS to incidentally harm marine mammals through drilling operations in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.

According to the companies, the...
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