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The Biden administration this week formally abandoned a major oil and gas drilling project in northern Alaska that would have bolstered America's energy independence and resulted in the creation of thousands of jobs.

The Department of the Interior declined on Monday to file an appeal of a federal district court decision that blocked the project, known as the Willow Master Development Plan, in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, the Daily Caller reported.

The project, which was being developed by the Texas-based oil and gas firm ConocoPhillips, was slated to produce as much as 160,000 barrels of oil per day to the Trans Alaska Pipeline System, according to Must Read Alaska. The increase would have provided a 32% boost to the throughput of the pipeline, which is currently averaging less than 500,000 barrels per day.

Project summary documents show the project would have "generate[d] hundreds of direct jobs and thousands of construction jobs, and produce[d] substantial revenue for the federal government, State of Alaska, North Slope Borough, and communities in the NPR-A."

The multibillion-dollar project was greenlit by the Bureau of Land Management under the Trump administration in 2020.

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