Senate Dems Urge Interior To Deny Shell Arctic Oil Leases

Law360, New York (September 26, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT) -- Leading Democratic senators Friday urged the U.S. Department of the Interior to scrap planned oil and gas leases eyed by Royal Dutch Shell PLC in the Alaskan Arctic, saying the industry hasn't proven it's capable of containing disastrous spills in the harsh environment.

The letter, sent against a backdrop of multibillion-dollar exploration investments by Shell and vigorous opposition by environmental groups, cites frigid temperatures, brutal storms, scarce roads and months-long darkness as factors that could turn minor accidents into major catastrophes if the Obama administration forges...
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