The U.S. Bureau of Land Management released a draft supplemental environmental impact statement last week for the massive ConocoPhillips Willow proposal for the western Arctic, with the shortest public comment period legally allowed. The project would spew out huge amounts … Read More
Western Arctic Alaska basks in endless sunlight these days, with caribou and birds migrating, blooms and tundra life emerging, and communities embracing the summertime warmth and nourishment. You can find industrialization here, too, and evidence of extraction and pollution that impacts the health of the region and planet.… Read More
Our work feels less frantic and chaotic than it did a year ago. Nonetheless, the divisive 2020 election that led to an insurrection slashed any hope of taking a break from staying vigilant about defending democracy, ensuring climate action, and sustaining the health of Alaska’s lands and waters.
Yes, a lot has changed in 2021, with real hope that climate policy will honor and prioritize frontline communities and Indigenous ways of life. Yet the Biden administration continues to defend Trump era decisions and actions that threaten Alaska communities, animals, and landscapes. … Read More
Western Arctic health and climate action won big today in court when a U.S. District Court judge voided flawed Trump-era approvals and permits for the ConocoPhillips’s Willow Master Development Plan.
The court determined that the Interior Department violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.… Read More
We were in court calling out an illegal Trump-era approval of the massive ConocoPhillips’ Willow Master Development Plan. The Biden administration–against some of its state climate and public health goals–defended the approval in court, as did ConocoPhillips. … Read More
We went to court in December to stop ConocoPhillips from doing road building, blasting, and gravel mining as part of its Willow project in the western Arctic’s National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. A lot has changed since then, but not the project’s … Read More
We filed a motion in U.S. District Court requesting a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order to stop ConocoPhillips from starting harmful winter road construction and gravel mining in the western Arctic because of immediate threats to people and wildlife. It also challenges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s failure to ensure impacts to polar bears will be mitigated.… Read More
As communities shut down and all Alaskans hunker down to stop the spread of the coronavirus and protect the health and lives of everyone, the Bureau of Land Management opened a public comment period for a massive industrial project. Yes, you heard that right. As Alaskans lost their incomes, closed businesses, cancelled needed medical procedures, started schooling at home, and faced travel restrictions that kept them from their families, BLM pushed forward the public comment period on a supplemental draft Environmental Impact Statement for a giant carbon-polluting fossil fuel project.… Read More