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Fact Sheet 2012–3013

National Oil and Gas Assessment Project

Assessment of Potential Oil and Gas Resources in Source Rocks of the Alaska North Slope, 2012

By David W. Houseknecht, William A. Rouse, Christopher P. Garrity, Katherine J. Whidden, Julie A. Dumoulin, Christopher J. Schenk, Ronald R. Charpentier, Troy A. Cook, Stephanie B. Gaswirth, Mark A. Kirschbaum, and Richard M. Pollastro

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The U.S. Geological Survey estimated potential, technically recoverable oil and gas resources for source rocks of the Alaska North Slope. Estimates (95-percent to 5-percent probability) range from zero to 2 billion barrels of oil and from zero to nearly 80 trillion cubic feet of gas.

Revised March 13, 2012

First posted February 2012

For additional information contact:
U.S. Geological Survey
Energy Resources Program
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 956
Reston, VA 20192

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Suggested citation:

Houseknecht, D.W., Rouse, W.A., Garrity, C.P., Whidden, K. J. , Dumoulin, J.A., Schenk, C.J., Charpentier, R.R., Cook, T.A., Gaswirth, S.B., Kirschbaum, M.A., and Pollastro, R.M., 2012, Assessment of potential oil and gas resources in source rocks of the Alaska North Slope, 2012: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3013, 2 p., available online at

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