LOS ANGELES - A US federal appeals court in San Francisco Wednesday upheld an order blocking Royal Dutch Shell Plc from exploratory drilling in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's north coast.
"We are disappointed," said Shell in a press statement that added that no drilling will mean the loss of "hundreds of permanent jobs that would be created if Shell is successful in Alaska." The statement also said Shell's efforts to explore in Alaska will continue.
This sets up proceedings for the same Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to look into the matter more fully.
Whaling and environmental groups said the US Department of Interior's Minerals Management Service did not study the possible negative impact of drilling fully when it approved Shell's drilling plans in February 2007.
Story by Bernie Woodall
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