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Alaska North Slope communities divided as Arctic drilling delayed

Extract from article by Alex DeMarban published by AlaskaDispatch on 23 Feb 2014

Screen Shot 2013-01-11 at 20.09.51On one side of the rift are corporate leaders who have dashed off letters to The Arctic Sounder newspaper, bashing environmental groups that were on the winning side of last month’s decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ruled the Interior Department had not properly considered the risks of offshore drilling before selling leases in the Chukchi Sea in 2008. The decision throws into question whether Royal Dutch Shell, already hobbled by its own mistakes during the 2012 exploration season, will forge ahead with its costly effort to drill off the Arctic coast.

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