Libs Stop Shell From Drilling For Oil

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    The same people demanding energy independence are standing in the way of drilling that an oil company, Shell, from drilling for more oil


    Shell ordered to suspend Arctic offshore drilling
    Fri Jul 20, 2007 9:41PM EDT

    By Yereth Rosen

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court has ordered Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research) to suspend oil exploration operations in the Beaufort Sea off the north coast of Alaska pending a legal challenge being brought by environmental activists and Alaska native groups.

    The ruling deals a serious blow to Shell's plan to drill up to four exploration wells during the brief Arctic summer to test a $44 million bet the company placed on the region in 2005. Oral arguments in the case are set for August 14 in San Francisco.

    "We will comply with the court order and continue to welcome discussions with the North Slope," Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said in an email.

    Federal officials said Shell's drilling permit runs through October, so it is possible Shell could do some drilling if it gets a favorable ruling in August.

    Opponents of drilling in the Beaufort Sea argue that environmental impact studies carried out by Shell and approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior failed to take seriously the threat posed to bowhead whales and other wildlife.

    Native whalers also are concerned that hunting the whales, which they are permitted to do by the International Whaling Commission, could become more difficult and dangerous.

    "The industry and the government have to slow down and listen to the scientists and the concerns of the whalers," said North Slope Borough Mayor Edward Itta in a statement. "We stand the chance of losing our whaling crews and the traditional food that feeds our families."

    The Interior Department's Minerals Management Service approved Shell's drilling plans in February.

    Shell had planned to drill four wells on the Sivulliq prospect this summer. Oil had been discovered at Sivulliq in the 1980s but the field was abandoned at the time due to the high cost of developing oil fields in the Beaufort Sea.

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    Isn't everybody for more energy independence? I didn't know that was specifically a liberal idea.
     
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    Anything RSR doesn't agree with is a liberal idea.
     
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    His point is that if Liberals are really for energy independence, why are they stopping us from alleviating our dependence on foreign oil by drilling domestically.

    It's a fair point, however, RSR is making one glaring logical mistake...how do you specifically know this federal judge is a liberal?
     
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    Most conservatives feel we should go out and get more oil

    Libs are opposed to any new drilling
     
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    The 9th Circus is a liberal court
     
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    The 9th is heavily liberal and as a result is the single most overturned Court in the Federal system.
     
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    Nice record to hold when you are an appeals court

    One would think they would KNOW the law
     
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    Is your argument that because it is the most liberal and most overturned Court of Appeals in the US, therefore, no decision that they reach could possibly be correct? That seems a stretch.
     
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    The USSC has overturned them more then any other appeals court

    That is a fact
     

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