Oil and Gas Potential in the Arctic National Wildlife Range

EMD-80-56: Published: Jan 22, 1980. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1980.

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An opinion was asked as to whether a U.S. Geological Survey report supports many analysts' contentions that the rocks of the Arctic National Wildlife Range have a potential for producing oil and gas.

It is the GAO opinion that the data provided in the report do not support the position position that the potential for oil and gas definitely exists in the Range. This potential, however, should not be construed to mean that reservoirs exist, that they will be found, or that they will be large enough to be economically produced. The existence of large oil or gas resources can only be confirmed by drilling. In addition to the data in the report, several other geological factors and discoveries in the region lend support to the contentions of potential resources.

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