Interiorís renewable push also has irked some environmentalists, who have challenged some projects in court under the Endangered Species Act. Environmentalists also have criticized Interiorís tentative approval last year of limited offshore drilling in Alaskaís Arctic seas. Interior is currently under pressure from green groups to declare a moratorium on Arctic drilling activity, following the accidental grounding of a Shell Oil Co. drilling rig off Alaskaís coast during a Dec. 31 storm.
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