Reading the Rocks

Reading the Rocks

The Search for Oil in ANWR

Streaming Video - 2012
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Less than 100 miles from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is Prudhoe Bay, North America's largest oil field. In section 1002 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, which created ANWR, Congress deferred a decision regarding future management of 1.5 million acres of North Slope coastal plain (called the 1002 area) in recognition of the area's potential as an oil and gas reserve as well as its significance as a unique wildlife habitat. As global fears of a disrupted and dwindling oil supply mount, the debate over the fate of the 1002 area is raging. The option of opening ANWR to oil leasing has become a political hot potato - hardly a climate conducive to calmly weighing the information and options that lie ahead. Political rhetoric aside, the evidence provided by all sides seems contradictory not just in perspective, but in facts. From widely disparate estimates of recoverable oil to contrasting predictions of exploration's impact on the land, it remains hard to decipher just what's at stake when it comes to drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as this science bulletin points out.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c2002
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (6 min.) :,sd., col., digital file
Alternative Title: Search for Oil in ANWR


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