Despite pressure from environmental groups and an election promise from Joe Biden, the US government approved a major oil project in northern Alaska on Monday.
It concerns the Willow project of the American oil giant ConocoPhillips. The Department of the Interior, responsible for federal lands in the US, announced this on Monday.
The project, which has been reduced to three drilling areas from the five the company initially requested, is located in an area known as the National Petroleum Reserve in northwestern Alaska.
This land belongs to the US state, while Democratic President Joe Biden came to power with a promise not to allow new oil and gas drilling on federal land.