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Here come the lawsuits!
Lawsuit filed by multiple groups with another challenge expected.
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A coalition of environmental groups filed suit Tuesday, seeking to halt development of the Willow oil project on Alaska’s North Slope.
The filing, from the Sovereign Iñupiat for A Living Arctic, the Alaska Wilderness League and the Northern Alaska Environmental Center, among other organizations, says the Department of the Interior failed to properly consider the project’s impacts on polar bear habitat and asks U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason to issue an injunction halting the project until the federal government examines that issue.
The Biden administration approved construction of Willow, planned by ConocoPhillips Alaska for a portion of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, on Monday. An injunction would disrupt ConocoPhillips’ plans to make a final investment decision on the project later this year.
In a prepared written statement, the groups said that approval came even as the federal government was “acknowledging and failing to mitigate known harms to Arctic communities, public health, wildlife, and climate.”
The groups are being represented by the nonprofit law firm Trustees for Alaska. The environmental law firm Earthjustice said it will file a second challenge at a later date.
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