US District Court Judge Sharon Gleason has dismissed two environmental lawsuits challenging the Biden Administration approval of the Willow project in the corner of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
The litigants, one of which is a group that has no actual legal standing in Alaska or with the federal government, had sued because they said the Biden Administration didn’t taken greenhouse gas emissions from Willow into consideration, and that the project would contribute to climate change. The groups said that the project might damage environment important to polar bears and other animals of the Arctic.
The decision will probably be appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court.
The Bureau of Land Management had approved three drilling sites for a total of up to 199 wells that could produce 180,000 barrels of oil a day during peak production.