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Shell receives final approval to drill in Arctic, but with new conditions

Shell receives final approval to drill in Arctic, but with new conditions

Royal Dutch Shell received final approval from the Obama administration on Wednesday to begin exploratory drilling for oil in the Arctic this summer, but with new restrictions that will alter the company’s plans. Shell, which has faced complications and challenges from environmentalists for years as it has pursued drilling in the Arctic, received initial government approval in May. Since then, it has deployed more than two dozen vessels to the drilling site in the Chukchi Sea, off the northwestern coast of Alaska. The company could begin preparatory work as early as next week, but the new limitations will delay when it can drill in areas that contain oil. Wednesday's...

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