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The native city Wainwright in the Alaskan Arctic sets to be transformed to an industrial site within a year. Despite a legal challenge to one of the necessary permits,  Shell are expected to soon announce if they will continue to prepare to drill in 2012’s open water season. The oil giant plan to bring a pipeline onshore outside the remote coastal community that will feed into the existing industrial body of oil infrastructure which has pumped money into Alaska since the seventies. The Olgoonik corporation who own the lands around Wainwright are set to benefit from revenues by leasing land to Shell, but how the native community will benefit and be affected is still yet to be confirmed.

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