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Appeals Court Vacates Shell Offshore Drilling Decision

Law360 (March 9, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An environmental coalition's victory against Shell Oil Co. was reduced to a temporary stalemate on Friday, when a federal appeals court vacated an earlier decision that had stalled drilling off Alaska's coast.

The order, issued in the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, vacates a November decision that had mandated a new environmental review before Shell could drill in the Beaufort Sea.

In its Friday order, the court indicated that it will issue another opinion in the future, but did not say when...
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