Environmental Groups Challenge Approval of the Willow Project in Federal Court

The Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Inc., and the Natural Resources Defense Council sued the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Department of Commerce, challenging approval of ConocoPhillips Alaska Incorporated’s Willow Master Development Plan (“Willow Project”) in the National Petroleum Reserve. Plaintiffs filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska alleging that the Willow Project violates the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Petroleum Reserves Production Act, and fails to consider the impact of carbon emissions on Endangered Species Act-protected species. Plaintiffs are seeking declaratory judgment and injunctive relief.