A New Approach to Assessing Gas and Oil Resources in the Intermountain West
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The availability of gas and oil resources in the Intermountain Western United States has become the subject of increased debate in recent years. Several studies have concluded that substantial amounts of gas and oil resources in the region are inaccessible because of legally restricted access to federal lands e.g., National Petroleum Council, 1999 Advanced Resources International, 2001. Some stakeholders have reacted to the studies by calling for reduced access restrictions, while others have called the studies flawed and support continued restrictions. The debate has sparked renewed interest in the process of assessing hydrocarbon fuel resources. This paper is part of an energy initiative by the Hewlett Foundation.
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