The decision is likely to be met with litigation from environmental groups who have criticized the Biden administration for trying to have it “both ways” on climate change.

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Joe Biden’s administration will approve a scaled-back version of a controversial $7bn oil and gas drilling project.

The move comes despite criticism from environmentalists who say the development of the three drill sites in northwestern Alaska conflicts with Mr Biden’s highly-publicized efforts to fight climate change.

The US president has also pledged to shift to cleaner sources of energy.

The administration’s decision is not likely to be the last word, with litigation expected from environmental groups.

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However, the project, located in the federal government-owned National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, enjoys widespread political support in the state.

Mr. Biden has been seeking to balance his goals of decarbonizing the US economy with calls to increase domestic fuel supplies to keep prices low.

Houston-based crude oil producer ConocoPhillips had sought to build up to five drill sites, dozens of miles of roads, seven bridges, and pipelines as part of the major Willow oil project.

The project could produce up to 180,000 barrels of oil a day, create up to 2,500 jobs during construction and 300 long-term jobs, as well as generate billions of dollars in royalties and tax revenues for the federal, state and local governments, the company has said

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