Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
- ANWR spans 19.6
million acres -- about the area of South Carolina.
- The refuge contains
an 8-million-acre designated wilderness area.
- Congress can authorize
oil exploration in the 1.5-million-acre Coastal Plain.
- The U.S. Geological
Survey estimates ANWR could yield between 2 and 10.4 billion barrels of oil
if the price per barrel is $24-$30.
- The U.S. uses 7 billion
barrels of oil a year. Prudhoe Bay has produced 12 billion barrels of oil
in nearly 25 years; another 1 billion may be recovered.