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5/11/2015: Shares of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (NYSE ADR: A) avoided today's energy sell-off on news that the U.S. government has formally approved the company's plans to begin offshore drilling in Alaska this summer. The U.S. Department of the Interior's announcement surprised many investors. This was expected to be a drawn-out battle over Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil and natural gas in the frigid coastal waters.