Judge Blocks Alaska Oil Project

Rules that the environmental assessment was inadequate.

In October 2020, the previous administration authorized Conoco-Phillips to extract 100,000 barrels of oil from Alaska’s Natural Petroleum Reserve daily for the next 30 years. The timetable would have allowed the company to produce approximately 590 million total barrels over the course of the federal lease.

President Biden’s administration blocked the project in May, saying there were violations of environmental regulations in the approval. Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski supported the move.

Judge Sharon Gleason of the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska has recently ruled that the Bureau of Land Management’s assessment of the Conoco Phillips Willow project did not include the likely level of greenhouse gas emissions in its environmental impact report. She also stated that the BLM report did not address how polar bears, whose numbers have declined, would be impacted by the drilling project.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the president’s administration as they make policies that impact the nation’s energy independence.
  • For the federal judges ruling on environmental cases to have discernment in their decisions.
  • For Alaskan state and local officials as they seek to shore up their economy.

Sources: Daily Caller, Law360


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