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Enviros' Arctic Oil Lease Challenge Tossed As Moot

Law360, New York (July 20, 2016, 6:13 PM EDT) -- An Alaska federal judge on Tuesday tossed a lawsuit brought by environmentalists and Alaska Natives challenging drilling leases in the Chukchi Sea, saying that most of the leases in question have been relinquished back to the U.S. Department of the Interior so there is no longer a need to litigate any claims.

U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Beistline said that the leases are no longer active except for one set to expire in 2020  that's owned by Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc., which has publicly stated that it has stopped further offshore exploration of the area for the foreseeable future....

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January 31, 2008

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