The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Minerals Management Service (MMS) properly approved plans for exploratory drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi and Beaufort Seas by Shell Offshore Inc. and Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. Native Vill. of Point Hope v. Salazar, No. 09-73942 (9th Cir. 05/13/10) (unpublished). The petitioners sought to block the drilling on the ground that MMS failed to meet its obligations under NEPA and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act in approving the plans. Denying their petitions, the court found that MMS had met its obligations under the statutes and had taken a “hard look at the consequences of its actions” before it approved the plans.