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Vol. 13, No. 35 Week of August 31, 2008
Providing coverage of Alaska and northern Canada's oil and gas industry


Young geologist changed Alaska history

Lands selection officer convinced state leaders to gain control of petroleum-rich North Slope acreage before Prudhoe Bay discovery

Rose Ragsdale

For Petroleum News

Like so many other young adventurers, Tom Marshall came to Alaska in 1958 to homestead on federal lands. Marshall, a young geologist from Wyoming, also was eager to get in on the ground floor of the Cook Inlet oil exploration boom touched off by the Swanson River discovery in 1957. “I also wanted to....

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