The Biden administration gave final approval March 13 to the largest oil extraction project ever proposed on federal land. The project, commonly known as Willow, was proposed by Big Oil giant ConocoPhillips and is set to be located in Alaska’s environmentally vulnerable Western Arctic. Willow faced opposition from Indigenous communities, conservationists, and climate scientists.
In response, nonpartisan watchdog organization Accountable.US released the following statement.
“The administration’s decision to move forward with this dangerous project will jeopardize the health of local communities and the environment – all to benefit Big Oil. Willow is simply incompatible with President Biden’s popular climate and conservation priorities,” said Jordan Schreiber, Director of Energy and Environment at Accountable.US. “After record-breaking profits, the last thing Big Oil needs is another handout. We must protect our public lands from an industry that has repeatedly exploited them for private profit.”