Published On: Thu, Aug 19th, 2021

Federal Judge Revokes Permits for Major Alaska Oil Project

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A federal judge said on Aug. 18 that the U.S. government failed to properly conduct environmental reviews for a multibillion-dollar oil project in Alaska and has voided permits issued for the drilling. Work on ConocoPhillips’s Willow oil project, which could produce up to 160,000 barrels of oil per day if carried out, was halted because of the judge’s order to redo the reviews. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason, an Obama appointee, said reviews conducted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) violated federal law because they excluded foreign greenhouse gas emissions from an analysis of alternatives. Those alternatives were also wrongly developed “based on the view that ConocoPhillips had the right to extract all possible oil and gas from its leases,” she wrote in the 110-page ruling. Environmental groups sued the bureau last year, alleging the government didn’t perform a thorough, transparent, and …

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