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Panel studies Alaskan operations effects. A panel of scientists, oil industry consultants and environmentalists organized by the National Academies – the nation’s closest thing to a scientific arbitrator – recently completed a two-year assessment of effects of oil/gas development on Alaska’s North Slope. The panel’s task was to measure the effects of 35 years of seismic activity, drilling/production and pipeline construction. A short article by Andrew Revkin of the New York Times says a leading question in the debate over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is “whether wilderness can coexist with oil wells on America’s only Arctic Coast.”

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