Alaska proposes stratigraphic test just off ANWR

The Alaska Division of Oil & Gas has sought participants for a stratigraphic well to be drilled on unleased state submerged lands off the eastern Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain.The division said it informed the public in early August that it had identified three or four optimum locations in 35-40 ft of water about 30 miles southeast of Kaktovik for the well and that responses could come in as early as this month.The division said Gov. Frank Murkowski requested the solicitation as a way of assessing oil company interest in the general area. It also could divulge downhole information that could lead to discoveries and eventually provide royalties and tax revenue to the state....

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