Stop the Willow Oil Project


Alexandria Perez, Reporter

The Willow Oil Project is a proposed oil drilling operation in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) that is expected to have a significant negative impact on the climate. The project would involve the construction of a vast network of drilling pads, pipelines, and other infrastructure, leading to the extraction of more than 590 million barrels of oil from the region’s oil fields over the next 30 years.

One of the major concerns associated with the Willow Oil Project is its potential contribution to global warming. The extraction and processing of oil are known to release significant amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, leading to climate change. The project’s emissions are expected to result in the release of approximately 34 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, which is equal to the annual emissions from approximately 7 million passenger vehicles.

Moreover, the construction of the Willow Oil Project is expected to have a significant impact on the local environment. The area is home to a variety of wildlife, including caribou, polar bears, and migratory birds. The construction of infrastructure required for oil drilling operations could cause the destruction of critical habitats and disruption of migration routes for many of these species, leading to significant long-term harm to the region’s ecological balance.


The Willow Oil Project is a significant threat to the climate and the local environment. If allowed to proceed, the project will contribute to global warming, increase greenhouse gas emissions, and cause the destruction of critical habitats for many wildlife species. Given the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions and protect our planet’s natural resources, it is essential that society takes immediate action to halt the Willow Oil Project and promote sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels.