The Obama administration gave Royal Dutch Shell conditional approval Monday to drill for oil in the Arctic sea.
The move defies President Barack Obama’s environmentalist supporters, who are opposed to allowing oil companies to tap into polar reserves.
Environmentalists have been heavily campaigning against Arctic drilling, but the Department of the Interior has opted to give Shell permission to drill in the Chukchi Sea. The Arctic region is estimated to hold some “90 billion barrels of oil, 1,669 trillion cubic feet of gas, and 44 billion barrels of natural gas liquids,” according to U.S. Geological Survey figures.
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