Outer Continental Shelf

Alaska’s Outer Continental Shelf

The Alaska Outer Continental Shelf is an important future source of U.S. energy supply with an estimated 27 billion barrels of oil and 132 trillion cubic feet of natural gas potentially in place. By comparison, total production from the North Slope since 1977 has been approximately 15.5 billion barrels.

Anti-development interests have launched a full-scale nationwide effort to persuade Secretary of Interior Salazar that no development should occur in Alaska’s OCS. Alaska OCS development is important for Alaska’s future economy.

It is important for Alaskans to weigh-in how OCS development can and will be done right and that it could be the catalyst for the future of Alaska’s economy.

The following link is to a brief explanation on the OCS issue and why it is important to Alaska:
OCS Background
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