Willow Discovery

Advancing Alaska’s Economic and Energy Future

About the Willow Project

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 160,000 barrels of oil 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 more than $10 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. The development is estimated to create 300 permanent jobs.

Project planning has spanned five presidential administrations. ConocoPhillips acquired the Willow lease area in 1999, during the Clinton administration, and began the 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 2013 National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) Integrated Activity Plan (IAP), which was developed under the Obama-Biden administration. The IAP directs what acreage is available in NPR-A for oil and gas leasing and the stipulations attached to development.  ConocoPhillips reliably meets all local and federal environmental mandates, including adherence to approximately 270 mitigation and best practices currently in place for the NPR-A.

Learn more about the Willow project and the public’s extensive involvement, including more than 170 days of public comment, a public scoping period, and 13 in-person public meetings in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Nuiqsut, Utqiagvik, Atqasuk, and Anaktuvuk Pass.

What Alaskans are Saying about the Willow Project

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