The Willow Master Development Plan is a proposal by ConocoPhillips to build up to five drill sites (with up to 50 wells each!), a processing facility, gravel roads, pipelines, and a mine, all in Alaska’s Western Arctic.
Why is this a problem? The proposed project is MASSIVE, and will have enormous impacts on wildlife, waterways, food access, and human health.
Nearly 60,000 caribou calve in the Teshekpuk Lake Area, which will be directly affected by the project. As already seen in ANWR, caribou never fully acclimate to oil infrastructure.
Endangering the caribou herd further endangers the five North Slope villages that rely on it for subsistence, and puts the entirety of the Inupiaq People’s food security at risk.
Despite repeated requests to suspend all public comment periods and policy decisions during COVID-19, the BLM is going ahead with the process. On April 29, a general public Zoom meeting will be held regarding the Willow EIS at 1PM AK time. You must pre-register.
Find the link and more information from the Northern Alaska Environmental Center HERE.