(JUNEAU) – An official announcement came from the White House yesterday indicating that the Willow Project has been approved. At a time when many communities across Alaska are struggling, this project offers hope for a brighter future.
The economic impact of the Willow project on the NPR-A in Alaska’s North Slope Region is nothing short of transformative. Not only will it generate billions of dollars in revenue and produce hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil, but it will also create much-needed high-quality well paying jobs that will help to stimulate the state’s economy and provide opportunities for Alaskans.
“For years my People in the North Slope region have traveled thousands of miles, given hundreds of hours of testimony, and worked with the federal government and project developers to ensure that Willow strikes the right balance for our land and people,” said Rep. Josiah Patkotak (N-Utqiagvik). “I join them in celebrating this life-changing project and thank them for their tireless work on behalf of our region.”
Rep. Patkotak went on to say that he is encouraged by this positive step forward for Willow and is ready to get Alaskans to work. “Our thanks go out to the countless Alaskan advocates, within district 40 and across the state including our Alaska Native leaders, elected representatives, and countless other citizens who presented overwhelming evidence in support of Willow. It is because of their hard work that we see this positive outcome today.”
The benefits of this project go beyond economic growth. The revenues generated by the Willow project will be used to improve the lives of the people of the state of Alaska. It will help to fund critical infrastructure projects, education, public safety, and healthcare, that will benefit all our communities across the state. This is an investment in the future of Alaska and its people.
“It is exciting and encouraging that the Biden administration approved the Willow project today. While they took the EIS advice of three pads instead of five, the project is still economical and will strengthen our economy for years to come.” Stated House Resources Chair Rep. Tom McKay (R- Anchorage)
House Speaker Cathy Tilton (R – Wasilla) had this to say: “Ultimately, the Willow project is not just about securing Alaska’s fiscal future – it’s about strengthening our country. By reducing our dependence on foreign oil, we’re taking steps toward a more sustainable, secure future for all Americans.”
We are encouraged by the record of decision announcement but remain cautiously optimistic about the hints at further restrictions on future North Slope ventures.