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Vol. 13, No. 46 Week of November 16, 2008
Providing coverage of Alaska and northern Canada's oil and gas industry


40 Years at Prudhoe Bay: Field discovery debate still rages

Finding the subsurface ocean of oil known as Prudhoe Bay involved two Arctic exploration wells and spanned more than a year

Rose Ragsdale

For Petroleum News

Forty years after a team of explorers first drilled into North America’s largest oil field, the actual date of discovery remains a subject of debate, even among the geologists, engineers and others who participated in the world-changing event. The problem is that Prudhoe Bay’s discovery, like most g....

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