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The New York Times: Alaska: Shell Must Postpone Drilling Plans

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: August 16, 2007

A federal appeals court ruled that Royal Dutch Shell must further postpone plans for exploratory drilling off the northern coast of Alaska. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, also indicated that environmental and Alaska Native groups have a good chance of prevailing in their effort to keep Shell out of the Beaufort Sea.

Petitioners, including the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission and the Center for Biological Diversity, have “raised serious questions and demonstrated that the balance of hardships tips sharply in their favor,” the ruling said. The decision bans Shell from exploration activities pending a review of antidrilling petitions.

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