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Published: Saturday, Nov. 30 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

ANWR is a great possibility. But you are going to be able to proceed in that plat so fast. And the problem is environmental… not the tree hugging type…. but that the land there is very fragile - physically. You can not use the heaviest of equipment in some of the locations because in the summer months, the ground thaws and will not support the weight.

The window to get the equipment into place, and do your exploration is very tight. Exxon tried to get a rig into place last year, but missed the window and had to yank it back out before any damage was done to equipment or land.

It can be done…. and likely will be done…. but don't expect anything to move fast… or be enough to impact prices in the short term. There are far easier and more accessible reserves in the lower 48 that are simply protected right now. Both coast have huge untapped potential - but Deep Sea Horizon set those prospects back years.

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