Alaska’s Central North Slope, a region already known for its prolific oil and gas assets, still has an estimated 3.6 billion barrels of oil and 8.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in conventional resources yet to be discovered.

That’s according to a report released Jan. 23 by the U.S. Geological Survey, which studied six assessment units (AUs) in an area north of Brooks Range, east of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and west of the Arctic National Wildlife.

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