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Appeals court rejects challenge to fed approval of Shell exploratory drilling plan in Arctic

By: DAN JOLING
Associated Press
05/13/10 7:20 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA  — A federal appeals court Thursday removed a legal challenge standing in the way of Shell Oil’s plans to drill wells off Alaska’s shore this summer. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a case that challenged federal approval of Shell’s exploratory drilling plans in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.
The expedited ruling followed oral arguments last week in Portland, Ore.
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