NRC report finds pros, cons to Alaska oil development

04/28/2003
Industry has made enormous technical improvements to reduce the environmental impact of oil exploration in Alaska's North Slope, the National Academies' National Research Council said last month in a congressionally mandated report. But the cumulative effect of 3 decades of production means some environmental effects will persist, according to the study."Efforts by the oil industry and regulatory agencies have reduced many environmental effects but have not eliminated them," the report said.The committee that wrote the report said that the social and economic effects of oil production on the North Slope have been large and both positive and negative."As policymakers and the public...
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