Editorial: NPR-A and ANWR

Four and six-fold increases in the assessed po tential of oil and natural gas recovery from a federally owned area are good news for the US. In the case of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), however, they're a mixed blessing (OGJ, July 8, 2002, p. 34).The US Geological Survey (USGS) recently increased its estimate for NPR-A potential on the basis of information, assessment methodology, and exploration and production technology that have emerged since its previous study in 1980. Technically recoverable oil in federally owned parts of NPR-A, according to the new estimate, almost certainly exceeds 5.9 billion bbl. There's a slight chance the volume exceeds 13.2 billion bb...

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