EIA: Leasing ANWR's 1002 area spells less oil imports

The US Energy Information Administration told a key US House lawmaker that opening the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration and development could mean that the US imports 8% less crude in 2025.Supporters of ANWR leasing said the EIA report justifies having the US Congress authorize oil and gas leasing in the coastal plain, while ANWR drilling opponents said the EIA report validates their position. EIA is an independent statistical agency under the US Department of Energy that does not take positions on policy questions.Opening part of ANWR's coastal plain to development could reduce 2025 US oil import dependence from the currently projected 70% level to ...

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