Royal Dutch Shell Put on Hold Off Alaska’s North Slope

Native Americans have won a small victory in their fight against Royal Dutch Shell and its attempt at deep-sea drilling. The appeals board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has told the company to rework its analysis of the impact of nitrogen-dioxide emissions on Alaska’s North Slope residents before it can obtain clean-air permits to operate a drill ship in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off Alaska’s North Slope, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The move came after the Native group and two conservation organizations argued that the EPA had done its initial assessment using outdated nitrogen-dioxide standards. The Environmental Appeals Board agreed, and on Dec. 30 the board rescinded the EPA permits for drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, “effectively sending them back to the EPA and Shell to be rewritten,” the Journal said.

The EPA had issued the clean-air permits last year, the website 24/7 Wall Street reported.

There are an estimated 25 billion barrels of oil in the seas of Alaska’s North Slope, according to estimates, 24/7 reported.

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