Federal court says Shell Arctic oil spill plan legal

By Zack Colman - 08/06/13 09:25 AM ET

A federal judge in Alaska ruled Monday that Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic oil spill plans doesn’t run afoul of environmental laws.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska said the Interior Department didn’t violate the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act or National Environmental Policy Act in approving Shell’s spill plans.

A handful of green groups that included the Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace, Oceana and the Natural Resources Defense Council lodged the complaint.

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