Shell's Arctic Oil Drilling Faces Fresh Court Challenge

A dozen environmental groups have told a US federal court they are renewing a challenge to the leasing in 2008 of areas off Alaska’s north-west shore, where Royal Dutch Shell hopes to drill exploratory wells this summer. The groups have twice obtained court rulings that said environmental analysis preceding the Chukchi sea sale was flawed. The Department of the Interior in March concluded it had corrected mistakes. Erik Grafe, an attorney for Earthjustice, said on Monday the environmental groups disagreed and would lay out their claims in a future court filing. Grafe added that the environmental groups indicated in the filling on Monday that they would continue their claim that the environmental review for the lease sale was insufficient.