Proposed Petroleum Development Plan Meets with Concerns

Final supplemental environmental impact statement for project issued by BLM.

The Alaska division of the Bureau of Land Management completed its final supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the proposed Willow Master Development Plan. The Willow project is the latest proposal to tap into Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve, a 23 million-acre area that sits on top of a vast natural oil deposit. Though extracting oil from the area would be profitable, the agency’s environmental review of the project estimates how the infrastructure would be damaged.

“The Department has substantial concerns about the Willow project… including direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions and impacts to wildlife and Alaska Native subsistence,” BLM officials stated. “Consistent with the law, a decision will be finalized by the Department no sooner than 30 days after publication of the final SEIS.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Director Stone-Manning to seek God’s discernment as she heads the bureau.
  • For wisdom for Secretary Haaland as she oversees the Interior Department.
  • For the president and his administration as they set domestic energy policy.

Sources: Department of the Interior


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