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State to intervene in offshore drilling case

Posted: Sunday, January 24, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska will intervene in a case in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals challenging Shell's exploration plan in the Beaufort Sea.

Several environmental groups are challenging the decision by the Minerals Management Service to approve Shell's plan for offshore exploration.

Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan said the state's intervention is critical because no other entity can so vigorously represent the state's interests of promoting jobs and resource development.

Alaska's Outer Continental Shelf contains an estimated 27 billion barrels of recoverable oil and an estimated 130 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas.



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