Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. and Shell Offshore Inc. have asked a federal judge to rule that the National Marine Fisheries Service properly issued harassment authorizations for whales and seals. A spokesman for Shell Alaska has said that the permits provide authorization to work near the animals as long as the impact is minimal.
Attorney Kyle Parker, in a filing dated Wednesday, says the seasonal nature of Shell’s exploration work, scheduled to begin this summer, along with what he calls the extensive and time-consuming permitting process leaves the authorizations vulnerable to legal maneuvers that could restrict Shell’s ability to use them.
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