Your actions continue to create change. The Bureau of Land Management — an agency that oversees a significant portion of our public lands — just finished a comment period on ConocoPhillips' Willow project, a disastrous plan to drill in the Western Arctic. More than 20,000 Earthjustice supporters provided input, and it’s crucial we keep that momentum going. Tell President Biden that the Western Arctic drilling project cannot move forward.
This project is still a disaster for the climate. It is the largest single oil and gas drilling operation currently proposed on federal lands and could generate more carbon than 56 million cars emit in a year. Beyond the damage to our climate, ConocoPhillips’ plan calls for 37 miles of new gravel roads, seven bridges, an airstrip, and a gravel mine, which would jeopardize the health and traditional practices of nearby Alaska Native communities and devastate local wildlife like polar bears, migratory birds, and caribou.
We need to fight hard. Although the administration plans to reverse some of Trump’s damage in the region by reverting to an Obama-era management plan, that won’t be enough to prevent this massive drilling project from moving forward. The Biden administration’s actions elsewhere in the country have left us with little confidence it’ll do the right thing on its own. Just in the last few months, the administration attempted a massive lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico, refused to implement a moratorium on coal leases, and continues to let oil flow through the Line 3 and Dakota Access Pipelines. If we don’t continue to voice our opposition, greenlighting ConocoPhillips’ massive Arctic oil drilling plan could join that list of harmful decisions.
We’re not going to back down, and we know you won’t either. Join us in calling on President Biden to fight the climate crisis by saying no to this disastrous drilling project.