Point: The Case for Oil Exploration in ANWR

Clouthier, Kris
January 2017
Points of View: Arctic Drilling;2017, p5
This article presents an argument in favor of oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). In the 1980s, when the United States Congress designated the ANWR, it set aside a small coastal section to study its oil potential. Based on studies by the U.S. Geological Survey, it is believed that "area 1002" is America's best and last chance for a giant oil discovery. Environmentalists say development in ANWR will damage the ecosystem and threaten wildlife, but for 25 years, native species have thrived in the vicinity of the massive Prudhoe Bay oil complex. Tapping into ANWR's oil will help the U.S. meet its critical energy needs. It will create billions of dollars in revenue, and hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the country. The U.S. Department of the Interior estimates that between 5.7 and 16 billion barrels of oil may be recovered from area 1002, and geologists believe that the area also holds substantial new discoveries of natural gas. Alaskan support for further oil exploration also reflects a confidence in Alaska's ability to develop the land responsibly.


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