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ConocoPhillips Can Start Work At Willow Arctic Drilling Project

  • ConocoPhillips can begin construction immediately on the Willow project in the western Arctic, a federal judge ruled Monday.
  • U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason denied requests for an injunction that would have stopped the company¬†from working in the final weeks of the winter construction season, which will likely end in late April, when the tundra becomes too soft for heavy equipment to travel on.
  • Environmental groups and local residents who oppose the project filed two lawsuits last month, claiming the decision to allow ConocoPhillips to develop its leases in the National Petroleum Reserve was made contrary to environmental laws.
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