Alaska (KINY) - Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slope (ICAS), North Slope Borough, and Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) released a joint statement on the Bureau of Land Management’s Willow MDP Project Record of Decision (ROD)
Here is there statement:
“The elected regional Iñupiat leadership of the North Slope would like to thank the Biden administration for its leadership on Alaska’s Willow Project, which is now cleared to move ahead based on today’s Record of Decision (ROD) released by the Bureau of Land Management. Willow has passed every level of environmental analysis, proving its viability as a responsible resource development project in this ongoing era of energy transition.
We also extend our gratitude to the bipartisan group of leaders, including Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, Rep. Mary Sattler Peltola, Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Alaska state lawmakers, labor leaders, and Alaska Native leaders, that came together across political divides to advocate for Willow and the enormous benefits it will bring to not only the North Slope, but Alaska and the nation.
As the ROD recognizes, for the North Slope, the Willow Project represents a new opportunity to ensure our indigenous, Alaska Native communities’ ten thousand years of history has a viable future. Willow is set to provide a generational investment in our people and communities, expected to generate $1.25 billion for the North Slope Borough and $2.5 billion to the NPR-A Impact Mitigation Grant Program—funding that will provide basic services like education, fire protection, law enforcement, subsistence wildlife research, and more. The project will employ hundreds of Alaskans directly and will generate thousands of construction jobs.
For our country, advancing Willow is critical for achieving domestic energy independence at a time of global energy instability. Given that the U.S. can no longer afford to rely on foreign partners for its energy needs, the Willow Project will greatly expand domestic production. It offers the U.S. an opportunity to set the global standards for environmentally and socially conscious energy resource development projects.
The North Slope Iñupiat look forward to with partnering with ConocoPhillips, North Slope communities and leaders, and the Interior Department as the project moves forward.”
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