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JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell has directed the Department of Law to ask the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for permission to intervene in the lawsuit by environmental groups challenging the U.S. Interior Department's decision to approve an oil exploration plan for the Chukchi Sea.
"OCS exploration and development will increase jobs and revenue for Alaskans and for all Americans," Parnell said. "We will continue to fight for the right to responsibly develop the Beaufort and Chukchi."
The state previously was granted intervention in a separate case brought by many of the same plaintiffs against an exploration plan for the Beaufort Sea.