Much news this month about the energy potential of the Bakken Formation in North Dakota and Montana, thanks to a U.S. Geological Survey that estimated a mean value of 3.65 billion barrels of oil. Exciting. Worldwide interest. Etc.
The Coastal Plain of ANWR’s 1002 area is the nation’s single greatest onshore oil reserve. The USGS estimates that it contains a mean expected value of 10.4 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil.
That’s former Interior Secretary Gale Norton in March, 2003 explaining the tremendous oil potential in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge. Using some of the same drilling technology that makes much of the Bakken Shale Formation accessible, ANWR’s oil could be recovered in an environmentally safe manner. And heck, there’s a lot more diverse wildlife and fauna in the prairies and Badlands of North Dakota then there is in the frozen wasteland of the Alaskan North Slope.
So if you welcome the Bakken energy, it’s hard to see how you could dismiss the ANWR potential. With any sense of intellectual consistency, we mean.
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