Tell BLM to Stop the Willow Climate Bomb

ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project on Alaska’s Arctic slope is a disaster for our climate. And it’s a disaster for this fragile region of our Arctic, home to Indigenous communities and bountiful wildlife including caribou and migratory birds. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking comments through August 29 on their Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) about this project. Please submit a comment to prevent this project from moving forward.

By clicking the SUBMIT button, your comment will read:

I urge the Bureau of Land Management to choose the no action alternative, putting a stop to the Willow Project. The Willow project is a giant leap backwards in our nation’s efforts to mitigate the harmful impacts of climate change. The science is clear: there can be no new fossil fuel infrastructure if we are to limit global warming in accord with the Paris Climate agreement. The known fossil fuel reserves that are already developed far exceed what can be used if we are to stay within our global carbon budget and maintain a life-sustaining climate.

In fact, no single oil and gas project in the U.S. poses a greater threat to the Biden Administration’s climate and public lands protection goals than the Willow Project. Allowing ConocoPhillips to proceed with the Willow Project has the potential to undo the clean energy progress we’ve already made and make the goals we hope to reach by 2030 unattainable.

The draft supplemental EIS is unacceptably narrow and fails to consider meaningful ways to reduce the harm this project would do. It doesn’t look at Willow’s potential as a future hub of more industrialization, and it continues to claim that BLM can’t say “no” to ConocoPhillips because the company owns the leases. Any development in the area, especially at the scale proposed by the ConocoPhillips oil executives, would need a much more robust review that takes into account the full scale of the project and the dire threat of climate change.

The Bureau of Land Management should conduct a new careful and comprehensive review of this project. Such a review will show that this project cannot move forward under the administration’s strong commitments to science, addressing the climate crisis, and protecting public lands and subsistence rights. In the end, the only valid choice will be the no action alternative.

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Or write your own letter and submit it to the BLM comment site:

https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/109410/570

Or mail a paper copy by August 29 to:

BLM Alaska State Office
ATTN: Willow MDP SDEIS
222 W. 7th Ave, Stop #13
Anchorage, AK 99513

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