Reaction to Shell's Arctic announcement

Reaction from political leaders and environmentalists over Royal Dutch Shell's announcement Thursday that it will suspend operations off Alaska's Arctic shores in 2014 and possibly withdraw for good.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- Reaction from political leaders and environmentalists over Royal Dutch Shell's announcement Thursday that it will suspend operations off Alaska's Arctic shores in 2014 and possibly withdraw for good.

Shell said part of the decision came after a federal appeals court last week ruled in favor of environmental groups that claimed the federal government conducted a flawed environmental review before selling $2.7 billion in petroleum leases off Alaska's northwest coast in 2008. A three-member panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the case back to federal District Court, where a trial judge could order the correction of the environmental review.
"Today's news is extremely disappointing for Alaska, but certainly understandable given the recent Ninth Circuit Court ruling. Multiple years of federal regulatory delay, litigation delay, and one year of operational issues have created barriers to Alaskans' near-term economic prospects. Still, offshore energy development will play an enormous role in Alaska's economic future. ... As we move forward, I am confident Shell can be part of Alaska's bright future." - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell.