Full Title: Arctic Potential: Realizing the Promise of U.S. Arctic Oil and Gas Resources
Author(s): National Petroleum Council 2015
Publisher(s): National Petroleum Council 2015
Publication Date: 03/2015
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The Arctic is home to distinct indigenous peoples and provides habitat for large numbers of
birds, mammals, and fishes. While some areas of the Arctic, such as the central North Slope of Alaska
around Prudhoe Bay, have seen decades of economic activity, much of the region remains largely unaffected by human presence. Today, there is increasing interest in the Arctic for tourist potential, and reductions in summer ice provide an increasing opportunity for marine traffic. At the same time, there is concern about the future of the culture of the Arctic peoples and the environment in the face of changing climate and increased human activity.