Seven western U.S. states will become dependent on oil imports as Alaskan production declines during the next decade, says a study by Bruce Wilson, a fuels and transportation economist in Arlington, Va. His forecast, prepared for the Coalition for American Energy Security (CAES), predicts that without a major new oil discovery in Alaska, the Pacific Coast states again will become largely dependent on imported oil by 2010, when imports will account for 66% of their supplies. The study notes that in the mid-1970s Alaskan North Slope (ANS) production replaced similar grade oil from the Persian Gulf at West Coast refineries. But Prudhoe Bay...

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