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US government could green light Shell's Arctic drilling

24 Mar 2015

The US government is expected to give the green light to plans by Shell to restart drilling for oil in the Arctic.

This follows a drawn out decision making process after a Federal court ruled that the government had made mistakes in assessing the environmental risks in the drilling programme.

Giving the go ahead for the project will undoubtedly spark controversy from several parties, including Greenpeace, which has previously spoken out about drilling operations in the region.
Shell has declined to comment on the prospective project, but has previously spoken in a statement, citing numerous factors including regulatory and legal certainty.