May 17, 2002 |
The sprawling National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska on the remote Arctic coast contains four times more oil than previously believed, with deposits even greater than those in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, federal geologists reported Thursday. But the U.S. Geological Survey said the deposits are less concentrated and more remote than ANWR's, and would prove more lucrative to exploit only with a substantial increase in oil prices.
August 7, 1998 |
The Clinton administration said Thursday that it will open 4 million acres of pristine wetlands and river valleys along Alaska's vast North Slope to new oil production, the biggest expansion of Arctic oil development in decades.
July 10, 1997 |
This cold plain has always been a land of mirage. A ground squirrel, spied across the greening tundra, becomes a grizzly. The Brooks Range flips over on its back, and the mountains become mesas. Even the sun, in the perpetual twilight of summer, is trapped in the sky. This is much of what we know of the end of the Earth. To the east is Arco Alaska Inc.'s drilling rig 245, the last in a line of steel towers plumbing the western edge of the Kuparuk oil field.
January 18, 2003 |
The Bush administration Friday proposed opening as many as 9 million acres of Alaska's North Slope to oil and gas development, including some areas considered environmentally sensitive. The Interior Department released a draft proposal to offer oil and gas leases in the northwestern section of the government's National Petroleum Reserve, a vast stretch of Arctic tundra, lakes and ponds set aside in the 1920s for potential energy development.
May 17, 2008 |
The Interior Department said in Juneau that it is moving forward with an oil and gas lease sale covering nearly 4 million acres in Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve. The decision includes a plan to set aside more than 600,000 acres of land considered environmentally sensitive. The National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska is just west of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
September 27, 2006 |
A judge in Anchorage has blocked part of a federal lease sale of oil-rich land on the North Slope, but the government said it could still sell sections outside an area environmentalists want to preserve for migratory birds and calving caribou. The original sale in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska would have included the Teshekpuk Lake area, which sits above 2 billion barrels of recoverable oil, federal estimates say.