Shell Preemptively Sues Enviros Over Arctic Oil Spill Plan

Law360, New York (February 29, 2012, 8:45 PM EST) -- Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. on Wednesday launched a preemptive suit against 13 environmental groups it expects to challenge the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's approval of its oil spill response plan for offshore drilling in the Arctic.

The BSEE greenlighted the oil spill response plan Feb. 17, but Shell still needs approval from the regulator for its equipment and for well-specific drilling permits before it can begin offshore drilling in the Chukchi Sea. The company asked an Alaska federal court to rule that the...
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