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Shell Is Likely to Receive Permits for Oil Drilling Off Alaska

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Shell Is Likely to Receive Permits for Oil Drilling Off Alaska

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John M. Broder

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday that it was “highly likely” that the agency would grant Shell permits to begin drilling exploratory wells off the North Slope of Alaska as early as next month.


Marilyn Heiman, an Arctic specialist at the Pew Environment Group, said the department’s new approach to leasing was a significant improvement.

“It’s becoming clearer and clearer that this administration has gotten the message that the Arctic is different and needs a more careful approach,” Ms. Heiman said in a telephone interview. “We’re still disappointed they are talking about new leasing when they already have millions of acres under lease. But the fact they pushed it back to do science and study community and subsistence needs sends a very strong signal.”

Read the full article, Shell Is Likely to Receive Permits for Oil Drilling Off Alaska, on the New York Times website.


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