API, NABTU Welcome Approval of Willow Project
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WASHINGTON, March 14, 2023 — American Petroleum Institute (API) President and CEO Mike Sommers and North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) President Sean McGarvey issued the following statement on the Biden administration’s decision to approve the Willow MDP Project:
"We commend the Biden administration for approving the Willow Project and for supporting the over 1,600 family-sustaining union jobs this project is expected to provide. The approval of critical energy infrastructure investments like Willow is essential to strengthening U.S. energy security and creating new economic opportunities across the country. Our organizations appreciate the support shown by the President to safeguard national energy security while securing middle class sustaining employment opportunities that will drive our country forward as we transition to a sustainable future derived from our vast energy resources."
The labor and oil and natural gas industries have united to be a healthy and thriving part of the 21st century of the American economy. Recognizing the importance of providing innovative and affordable access to energy is vital to the American People and the Nation. As part of the American tradition of building and growth in the industrial base, we understand the importance of the strong relationship between labor and the companies that will harvest the wealth of untapped oil and natural gas resources. The two million skilled workers of the American oil and gas industry are part of diverse economic communities across the country by protecting this crucial American resource.
Working together we can protect and promote job growth and be part of the economic future of America. Coming together we will address issues facing American workers in the oil and gas industry and throughout the economic base by enhancing economic development of the oil and natural gas industry, working together on public policy decisions affecting job retention and growth and educating the public on the importance of our economic impact on communities across the country.