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Willow Master Development Plan

Draft EIS Public Comment Period Extended through October 29, 2019! 

After review of letters that requested the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to extend the public comment period on the Willow Master Develop Plan Draft EIS, the BLM extended the public comment period from 45 days to 60 days, moving the deadline from Oct. 15 to Oct. 29, 2019. The BLM released the Draft EIS to the public on August 23, 2019 and notified interested parties and stakeholders 7 days earlier than the Notice of Availability was published in the Federal Register. The public will have a total of 67 days to review the Draft EIS. 

The BLM has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Willow Master Development Plan and is collecting public input. You can access the document to the left of this page under the "documents" tab. The proposal includes the construction, operation, and maintenance of a central processing facility, infrastructure pad, up to five drill sites, access and infield roads, pipelines, a gravel mine, and a module transport island on BLM-managed lands within the NPR-A and within waters managed by the State of Alaska.

You are encouraged to participate in the environmental review process through attending one of the meetings or submitting comments on the Draft EIS for the BLM to consider in preparing the Final EIS. Submit comments via email to BLM_AK_Willow_Comments@blm.gov.

Upcoming Willow Master Development Plan Draft EIS public meetings are scheduled in:
Fairbanks, AK – Mon, Sept. 9, 2019, 6-8 p.m., Westmark Hotel Fairbanks
Anaktuvuk Pass, AK – Tue, Sept. 10, 2019, 6-8 p.m., Anaktuvuk Pass Community Center
Anchorage, AK – Thu, Sept. 12, 2019, 6-8 p.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel-Midtown
Utqiagvik, AK – Wed, Sept. 18, 2019, 6-8 p.m., Iñupiat Heritage Center
Atqasuk, AK – Thu, Sept. 19, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Atqasuk Community Center
Nuiqsut, AK – Wed, Oct. 2, 2019, 5-8 p.m., Kisik Community Center / ANILCA 810 Hearing
Additional Information

The Bureau of Land Management prepared the Willow MDP Draft EIS in response to a letter submitted by ConocoPhillips on May 10, 2018. ConocoPhillips requested the development of the Willow prospect through a MDP EIS. The letter, available on the project website, includes a description of the foreseeable infrastructure and activity associated with the proposed Willow prospect development. Analyzing the entire proposed Willow development in a single MDP EIS allows the BLM to make determinations of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) adequacy when individual applications for permits to drill or rights-of-way are submitted.

The MDP includes up to five drill sites, a central processing facility, an operations center pad, up to 38.2 miles of gravel roads, up to 924.2 miles of ice roads during construction and up to 215.6 total miles of resupply ice roads during operations, 1 to 2 airstrips, up to 337 miles of pipelines, and a gravel mine site. In addition, the Proponent would submit applications to the State of Alaska for a module transfer island (MTI) on State submerged lands to support module delivery via sealift barges. Actions on both state and federal lands are considered in the Draft EIS. The Willow MDP would have a peak production of up to 130,000 barrels of oil per day over its 30-year life (producing approximately 590 million barrels of oil) and would help offset declines in production from the North Slope oil fields and contribute to the local, state, and national economies.