Shell's Arctic Drilling Plans Get Election-Year Boost

Law360, New York (June 15, 2012, 8:07 PM EDT) -- As Royal Dutch Shell PLC inches closer to winning final approval of plans to explore for oil off Alaska’s coast, the company is benefiting from election-year politics that have put pressure on the Obama administration to prove it’s not a foe of offshore drilling.

President Barack Obama has come under intense criticism from the oil industry and its allies in Congress, who claim the administration’s energy policies have burdened domestic producers with excessive regulations and permitting requirements.

Eager to demonstrate that oil has a place in...
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