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Obama Administration, Key Congress Members Standing by Plans to Drill Offshore in the Arctic

(Anchorage Daily News)

WASHINGTON — Critics want a halt to offshore Arctic drilling in the wake of Shell’s latest mishap in the waters off Alaska but there’s no sign the Obama administration and key members of Congress are backing off their support for drilling in the sensitive region.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar let Shell begin preparatory drilling in Alaska’s Arctic waters this summer, the first time in two decades.

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