DOI delays decision on off-shore drilling in Alaska
The Interior Department has delayed action on an oil and gas drilling proposal in the Chukchi Sea of Alaska.

Interior was set to make a decision by today. But Shell Oil Co. asked for more time to respond to public comments about its plan.

Alaska Natives oppose drilling in the Chukchi. They are worried about the impact of development on whales, seals, polar bears and other subsistence foods.

At the White House Tribal Nations Conference earlier this month, Native leaders asked Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to take a close look at off-shore drilling plans. But Alaska's Congressional delegation is pushing him to make a decision.

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Obama administration pauses on Alaska drilling (AP 11/19)