Talk of Alaska: The Willow Project

A map of the Willow development on Alaska's North Slope
This map from the Bureau of Land Management shows the site of the Willow development on the North Slope of Alaska. Willow’s drill sites are marked by squares. (Bureau of Land Management)

The Biden administration has approved ConocoPhillips Willow project in the National Petroleum Reserve. Oil drilling proponents see it as a win for domestic energy production but some climate and indigenous activists call it a climate bomb that runs counter to President Biden’s commitment to addressing climate change. We’ll discuss the Willow decision on this Talk of Alaska.


HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Tim Woody – Communications Manager for Climate Solutions, The Wilderness Society
  • Nagruk Harcharek – President, Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat

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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, March 14, at 10 a.m. on Alaska public radio stations statewide.

Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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