News bites: Interior faces lawsuit over Shell’s drilling plan; fracking study fuels debate

The New York Times reports that environmentalists are about to file a lawsuit aimed at thwarting Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast.

The Associated Press reports on a new study that’s likely to provide both sides ammunition in battles over hydraulic fracturing.

Bloomberg reports on the bankruptcy of a major coal producer.

“Patriot Coal Corp. (PCX) filed for bankruptcy after milder winters and a shift to natural gas sent coal demand to a 24-year low,” the news service reports.

Reuters reports that BP has halted a planned offshore oil project in Alaska due to cost overruns and technical problems.

Federal investigators are about to release a report on the causes of a 2010 pipeline rupture that dumped over 800,000 gallons of crude oil into a Michigan river, AP reports.