JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge has denied requests made by conservation groups that lobbied for the courts to block ConocoPhillips from starting construction on its new Willow oil field.
p class=”summary ap-serif d-block mb-3 p-0″ id=”story_summarycontent”>Sovereign Inupiat for a Living Arctic, the Center for Biological Diversity and other conservation groups sued the Trump administration in 2020 and argued the federal government violated environmental laws when it approved the oil project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska on the western North Slope.
U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason on Monday denied the group’s request to pause construction until the lawsuits are resolved. The conservationists have appealed the judge’s decision and the lawsuits will continue as planned.
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