Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Access


Allowing petroleum exploration and development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) coastal plain, one of the most prospective areas of the country, is a subject of intense debate. Bolstering domestic energy production in an environmentally responsible way is the major issue.


In more than 30 years of modern-era exploration and commercial production from the North Slope of Alaska, the petroleum industry has demonstrated its ability to protect the environment while producing a significant part of the nation’s daily oil production. These same best practices would be used in exploration and production from ANWR.


AAPG supports access to the 1.5-million-acre coastal plain of the 19-million-acre ANWR for petroleum exploration and development.

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