Obama Admin Approves Arctic Drilling

The Obama administration, citing "rigorous safety standards" and a long review process, has granted conditional approval to energy giant Shell to begin oil drilling in the Arctic waters off the coast of Alaska.
The Interior Department wrote in a statement that Shell could begin drilling in the Chukchi Sea once several environmental conditions are met, including a sign-off from agencies assessing the impact on endangered species.
The move has upset environmental activists who are concerned the drilling will have detrimental effects.
Abigail Ross Hopper, the director of the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, said her agency had taken "a thoughtful approach" to Shell's requests for drilling permits in the Arctic.



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