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Developments in Alaska in 1979

B. C. Jones
Developments in Alaska in 1979
AAPG Bulletin (September 1980) 64 (9): 1345-1353


Twenty-three exploratory wells were drilled in Alaska in 1979. Six apparent oil discovery wells were drilled on the North Slope and 3 gas discoveries were made in the Cook Inlet basin. Four wells drilled in the Lower Cook Inlet OCS area were dry. Eighty-four development and service wells were drilled and successfully completed. Geologic-geophysical field activity by industry and government consisted of 77.95 crew-months, a decrease of 19%, compared to 1978. This decrease affected most of the major basins of the state except the Cook Inlet basin which had a 90% increase from the previous year. Federal acreage under lease decreased more than 30%, and state lease acreage declined slightly. Oil production showed an increase of 14% as the Prudhoe Bay field reached its potential. Gas production showed an increase of over 20%. The first joint Federal/State OCS lease sale was held in the Beaufort Sea and the first state sale of a 5-year leasing schedule was held. The federal land situation remains unresolved until the 17 (d) (2) question is decided by Congress.

ISSN: 0149-1423
EISSN: 1558-9153
Coden: AABUD2
Serial Title: AAPG Bulletin
Serial Volume: 64
Serial Issue: 9
Title: Developments in Alaska in 1979
Author(s): Jones, B. C.
Affiliation: Marathon Oil Co., Anchorage, AK, United States
Pages: 1345-1353
Published: 198009
Text Language: English
Publisher: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Tulsa, OK, United States
Accession Number: 1981-017024
Categories: Economic geology of energy sources
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: tables, sketch maps
N51°00'00" - N72°00'00", W130°00'00" - E173°00'00"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 1981
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