ConocoPhillips’ Willow project is important for Alaska’s economy and for America’s energy security. Located on Alaska’s North Slope, Willow is one of the company’s most recent exploration projects. Estimated to produce ~180,000 barrels of oil per day at its peak, the project will strengthen America’s energy security and stimulate economic growth. According to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) estimates, Willow could generate between $8 and $17 billion in new revenue for the federal government, the state of Alaska and North Slope Borough communities. During construction, Willow is expected to create as many as 2,000 jobs, with a majority of labor provided by union workers along with 300 permanent jobs.
Project planning has spanned five presidential administrations. ConocoPhillips acquired the first Willow area leases in 1999, during the Clinton administration, and began the development permitting process in 2018. Since then, the project has undergone nearly five years of rigorous regulatory review and environmental analysis, including extensive baseline scientific studies.
The Willow project complies with the 2022 National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) Integrated Activity Plan (IAP), which was developed under the Obama-Biden administration. The IAP defines what acreage is available in NPR-A for oil and gas leasing and the stipulations attached to development. ConocoPhillips reliably meets all applicable environmental mandates, including adherence to approximately 270 mitigation and best practices currently in place for the NPR-A.
The new Alternative E, developed by the BLM and cooperating agencies, responds to the Alaska District Court order and presents a good path forward for the Willow project. Alternative E represents a reduction in surface infrastructure and associated impacts, addresses stakeholder comments and enables a practical way forward for the project.
Learn more about the Willow project and the public’s extensive involvement, including more than 215 days of public comment and 25 in-person public meetings in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Nuiqsut, Utqiagvik, Atqasuk, and Anaktuvuk Pass.
“ICAS, the Borough and ASRC support the development of the Willow Project. While initially wary of any development on our lands, through open communication and transparency in planning and Iñupiat ingenuity, our relationship with the oil and gas industry has turned into a partnership. A partnership that has brought significant economic benefits to the region that would have otherwise been absent.”
– George Edwardson, President Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope (ICAS) and Mayor Harry Brower Jr., Mayor North Slope Borough (NSB), and Rex Rock Sr., President of the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC)
“The requested extension would provide no additional benefit in terms of informed environmental review for the project and would serve no purpose other than attempting to delay the project beyond the point of economic feasibility to the detriment of the Alaska Native people who call this region home.”
– Morrie Lemen, Executive Director Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope (ICAS) and Mayor Harry Brower Jr., Mayor North Slope Borough (NSB), and Rex Rock Sr., President of the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC)
“Resource development and traditional lifestyles are not mutually exclusive. In fact, it is the very existence of viable village communities that allows North Slope and Alaska Native residents to enjoy a healthy subsistence lifestyle.”
– Kim Reitmeier, President ANSCA Regional Association
“The Willow Project has passed every environmental and community test put before it….Delaying it any further will only bring more harm to our state.”
– Kim Reitmeier, President ANSCA Regional Association and Hallie Bissett, Executive Director Alaska Native Village Corporation Association
“Alaska’s oil and gas industry provides much-needed jobs for our people, tax revenue to support our schools and health clinics, and support for basic public services like water treatment in our communities.”
– George Edwardson, President Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope
“The current plan for Willow was created following a years-long environmental review process that includes and reflects significant input from local communities.”
– Mayor Harry Brower, Jr., Mayor North Slope Borough
“The Willow Project is a critical opportunity for the U.S. to expand domestic energy supplies and security while creating economic opportunities to help Alaska recover from the pandemic.”
– Julie Kitka, President Alaska Federation of Natives