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Biden Administration Approves Controversial Alaska Oil-Drilling Project


March 16, 2023

An exploration site at ConocoPhillips' Willow prospect is seen from the air in the 2019 winter season. (Photo: Judy Patrick/ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc.)

The Biden administration yesterday approved an $8 billion drilling project on Alaska's oil-rich North Slope that has been vehemently opposed by environmentalists and some Native communities.

In approving the ConocoPhillips Willow oil project, the administration is greenlighting an enterprise that is expected to produce nearly 600 million barrels of petroleum over the next 30 years - enough to release 9.2 million metric tons carbon pollution each year, according to federal government estimates. The project has been called a "carbon bomb" by opponents.

The decision by the Bureau of Land Management came just one day after the Biden administration said it would bar or limit drilling in other areas of Alaska and the Arctic Ocean.


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