Editorial: ANWR arithmetic

As debate heats up again in the US Congress over comprehensive energy legislation, so will discussion about producer access to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. One part of the environmentalist case against leasing deserves special attention from the oil and gas industry. If not repudiated in the ANWR debate, the argument will haunt future efforts to increase oil and gas supply.The spurious claim is that potential production from the 1.5-million-acre Coastal Plain, the only part of the 19-million-acre ANWR that can be leased, would be inconsequential to US oil supply. Leasing opponents derive this conclusion from artful arithmetic.‘Just’ 3.2 billion bblThe Sierra ...

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