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Interior Pick Avoids Commitment on Conoco Arctic Oil Project

Feb. 24, 2021, 5:16 PM

Interior Secretary-designate Deb Haaland downplayed her past criticism of ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc.’s Willow oil project in Alaska but didn’t commit to allowing it to proceed without changes.

  • Haaland promised consultation on the issue and said in a confirmation hearing Wednesday the role of Interior secretary is different from representing a single congressional district in the House
  • “I will follow the law,” Haaland said, when Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, asked if she would commit to allowing the project to proceed without changes or additional environmental review
  • NOTE: Haaland and four other lawmakers last year criticized Interior’s handling of the...

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