A federal judge in Alaska on Wednesday rejected development licenses for oil development on the northern slope By Trump and Biden administrations.
U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason has ruled in favor of the Willow Oil project, which could produce up to 160,000 barrels of oil a day from the National Petroleum Reserve and the U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Service. Alaska, west of Prodo Bay.
The project is being considered as part of a “renaissance” in the North Slope oil development by developer Konoko Phillips. A number of conservation groups filed a lawsuit against the BlueM in November, alleging that the agency had mitigated the damage to wildlife.
Despite allegations of wrongdoing by the Trump administration, the federal government’s support for the project continued under Biden’s administration, and lawyers for the new president argued that the project was legal.
The first-instance injunction, approved by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in February, halted preliminary work on the project, and Wednesday’s decision by Gleason said the arguments of the defense teams were important.
Among other findings, federal officials ignored the project’s potential impact on external greenhouse gas emissions and ignored alternative development plans for the region.
According to court documents, Concoco Phillips has spent an estimated $ 500 million to develop the project.
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