Oil company weighs appeal in Alaska drilling case
Shell Oil is considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court of a decision that blocked drilling in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska.

The company said it invested $2.5 billion to explore for oil. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said work couldn't proceed because the Minerals Management Service failed to analyze the impact of drilling on Inupiat whaling grounds.

The Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission, Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands and environmental groups are plaintiffs in the suit.

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Shell considers appealing Beaufort ruling (AP 12/3)

9th Circuit Decision:
Alaska Wilderness League v. Kempthorne (November 20, 2008)

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