Conservation Groups Plan Appeal of Federal Court Ruling that Allows Willow Oil Project to Proceed

The U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska ruled against the Sovereign Iñupiat for a Living Arctic and a group of conservation organizations and in favor of ConocoPhillips and the Bureau of Land Management, enabling the Willow oil production project in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to move forward. The conservation organizations argued that federal approval of the oil project violates the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Petroleum Reserves Production Act and that related Endangered Species Act consultations are unlawful. The conservation groups plan to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.