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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A federal judge on Wednesday voided the permits for a ConocoPhillips oil project in Alaska's North Slope.

Why it matters: The ruling deals a blow to the Willow oil project, which could produce up to 160,000 barrels of oil per day, after the Trump administration approved drilling for it. The government's support for the project continued into the Biden administration.

The bottom line: U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason wrote in the 110-page ruling that the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service incorrectly approved the project after failing to consider its impact on foreign greenhouse gas emissions and disregarding alternative development plans.

What they're saying: “In a lengthy decision, the district court identified a number of issues in the environmental reviews and approvals issued in 2020. The Interior Department is analyzing the decision,” an an Interior spokesperson told Axios in a statement.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, whose state joined in the lawsuit to defend the permits, issued a statement calling the ruling "a horrible decision."

  • "The Willow project would power America with 160,000 barrels a day,  provide 1000s of family-supporting jobs, and greatly benefit the people of Alaska," the Republican governor said.

Editor's note: This post was updated to add a statement from an Interior Department spokesperson.

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California attorney general launches oil spill investigation

Crews clean up the oil spill at Huntington State Beach in Huntington Beach on Sunday. Photo: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced Monday that the state's Justice Department is investigating the massive oil spill off Orange County's Huntington Beach coastline.

Why it matters: It's "an environmental disaster with far-reaching consequences for our fish and wildlife, for our communities, and for our economy," Bonita said in a statement.

Shipping container village coming to West Philly

The city is planning a container village at this vacant lot at the corner of N 49th Street and Parkside Avenue. Photo: Mike D'Onofrio/Axios

A container village is coming to a vacant lot in West Philly.

What's happening: The city is in the early stages of planning a farmers market-style mall of shipping containers at the corner of N 49th Street and Parkside Avenue, city officials told Mike on Monday.

Why it matters: The neighborhood has suffered from disinvestment, poverty and a lack of available retail space for small businesses.

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Key clean power provision likely won't survive in Dems' spending bill

A construction worker walks along a dirt road at the Avangrid Renewables La Joya wind farm in Encino, New Mexico, on Aug. 5, 2020. Photo: Cate Dingley/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A pillar of Democrats' plans to speed deployment of zero-carbon electricity is likely to be cut from major spending and tax legislation they are struggling to move on a party-line vote, per multiple reports and a Capitol Hill aide.

Driving the news: The New York Times, citing anonymous congressional aides and lobbyists, reports that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) has told the White House he "strongly opposes" the Clean Electricity Performance Program.