Feds Disagree on How Much Oil in ANWR

While Gale Norton's Interior Department reports 10.4 billion barrels while EIA sees on 7.7 billion recoverable.

Published: 14-Mar-2002

WASHINGTON, DC, March 13, 2002 (ENS) - Two reports released Tuesday offer conflicting views on how much oil could be obtained from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska.

The Department of Interior calculate the number of years that ANWR could supply oil for each state, based on mean U.S. Geological Survey estimates of oil potential in ANWR - 10.4 billion barrels - and petroleum consumption for each state using 1999 figures from the Energy Information Agency.

"ANWR is America's largest onshore prospect for oil and gas," said Interior Secretary Gale Norton. "ANWR's reserves, at the mean estimate, will provide 10.4 billion barrels of oil, nearly 40 times the amount imported from Iraq in 2001."

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