AP News's Becky Bohrer is reporting that an Alaskan judge is upholding Biden administration’s approval of the massive Willow oil-drilling project. 

A federal judge in Alaska has upheld the Biden administration's approval of the Willow oil-drilling project, rejecting claims from environmentalists and a local Iñupiat group. The project, located in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, faced opposition for its potential environmental impacts, including greenhouse gas emissions and effects on wildlife. Despite the concerns, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason ruled that the Bureau of Land Management's analysis was consistent with the reserve's policy objectives. The decision, which can be appealed, supports ConocoPhillips Alaska's right to develop oil and gas leases within the reserve, subject to federal restrictions. The project, supported by many in the state for its economic benefits, could produce up to 180,000 barrels of oil per day, resulting in significant greenhouse gas emissions over its 30-year life. Environmentalists, disappointed by the ruling, are considering an appeal, while the Department of the Interior declined to comment. The project has been litigated for years, with this latest approval being a revised version after a previous authorization was set aside due to inadequate environmental review.

Source: AP News


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