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February 24, 2012
Alex  Demas 703-648-4421

Media Advisory: USGS to Discuss First Shale-Oil and Shale-Gas Resource Potential Assessment for the Alaska North Slope

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WASHINGTON - Today at 2pm, the U.S. Geological Survey will hold a press briefing regarding the first-ever assessment of the potential of undiscovered, technically recoverable onshore shale oil and gas resources in Alaska’s North Slope. 


The assessment, released earlier today, estimates the range from 0 up to 2 billion barrels of oil and from 0 up to 80 trillion cubic feet of gas – representing technically recoverable oil and gas resources, which are those quantities of oil and gas producible using currently available technology and industry practices, regardless of economic or accessibility considerations. 


The press briefing can be accessed by dialing 1-888-456-0349 and entering the code USGS. 


Who:                       Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary of Water and Science

                                Marcia McNutt, USGS Director                  

                                Brenda Pierce, USGS Energy Resources Program Coordinator

                                David Houseknecht, USGS Research Geologist


What:  Press Briefing on USGS Assessment of Alaska North Slope Resource Potential


When:                  Friday, February 24, 2012; 2:00 pm Eastern Time


Media:                 All credentialed news organizations are invited to participate in the news media teleconference by dialing 1-888-456-0349 and providing the access code USGS.  News media will have an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation. 

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