By Yeret Rosen
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A Peals court has blocked ConocoPhillips’ $ 2 billion plus Willow crude oil project in Alaska, delaying one of the largest oil projects in the history of the North Slope.
Over the weekend, the 9th Circuit Court ruled in favor of environmental plaintiffs who challenged the Trump administration over the ConocoPhillips’ Willow project. Trump has prioritized oil and gas drilling during his four years in office, but his successor, Joseph Biden, has taken steps to curb the development of fossil fuels.
The Trump administration approved Willow’s development plan in October. Permits to build gravel roads were issued on the morning of January 20, Biden’s inauguration as the country’s 46th president.
The order was issued by ConocoPhillips Saturday night cages for the implementation of the program winter gravel extraction ճանապարհ gravel road construction, while the trial continues.
According to previous estimates by WillocoPhillips, Willow has 590 million barrels of renewable oil և can produce up to 160,000 barrels per day before 2024. Located on federal soil in the Alaska National Oil Reserve, Willow will be the northernmost oil producer on the North Slope.
The decision of the 9th District Court followed the decision of the lower court on February 6, which suspended construction for a short time. Both orders concluded that ConocoPhillips gravel work would cause irreparable damage to the environment.
As most of the construction on the North Slope oil field is limited to winter snow, a peel court ruling is likely to prevent construction, at least in January.
“We are grateful that the court stopped the destructive construction, the blasting work, while our lawsuit goes through the courts,” said Siqiñiq Maupin, Sovereign Iñupiat for an Arctic for a living Arctic. For trustees in Alaska.
ConocoPhillips representatives were not available for comment.