Blocked: Drilling in Western Arctic
On his way out the door, former President Trump rushed through a permit allowing ConocoPhillips to start a massive oil and gas drilling project in the pristine, culturally important landscape of the Western Arctic. The Center for Biological Diversity and partners sued — and as a result, a court has temporarily stopped the construction.
ConocoPhillips' "Willow" project would consist of five drill sites, a processing facility, up to 386 miles of pipelines, nearly 40 miles of new gravel roads, seven bridges, an airstrip, hundreds of miles of ice roads, and a gravel mine. It would be built in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, public lands that provide essential wildlife habitat for polar bears, migratory birds, caribou and other iconic species. And it would permanently jeopardize the health and traditional practices of nearby Indigenous communities.
"The courts need to keep rejecting the Trump administration's reckless approach to approving Arctic drilling projects," said Center attorney Kristen Monsell.
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