ANWR effects minimal

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2005

In Prudhoe Bay you find North America's largest deposit of oil discovered to date. As with the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, there were many people against drilling and the pipeline. As a matter of fact many "environmentalists" claimed Prudhoe would only yield a few months' supply. Since 1977 that bay has produced 20 percent of domestic production, saving the taxpayers nearly $300 billion from trade.

Studies of the ANWR coastal plain indicate it may contain between 6 billion and 16 billion barrels of recoverable oil. No one knows for sure, we should at least find out. There are 26 different areas that may contain super reserves of more than 500 billion gallons.

As to the drilling hurting wildlife, did you know that the Central Arctic caribou herd has grown from 3,000 to as high as 27,100 during the period since Prudhoe was opened? To show that the drilling at ANWR is concerned about the wildlife, drilling would be limited to winter months when wildlife does not frequent the coast. Did you know that 92 percent of ANWR would never be touched and remain closed to any kind of development? Of the 8 percent that would be considered, only 2,000 acres would be used. That's less than half a percent of ANWR.

Stuart Ashton


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