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Chart: undiscovered technically recoverable resources of the OCS

限制性访问不仅限制了生产,而且它还限制了我们对我们拥有的资源的知识。政府在阿拉斯加的资源估计,大西洋和太平洋在过去十七年内持平,但墨西哥湾的估计急剧增加。为什么?因为那是生产的地方。

石油和天然气公司获准look for oil and natural gas, they find it, and the statistics become more than just guesses or estimates. That's why the important number in the president's proposed five-year plan for offshore oil and natural gas development is that only 6 percent of the outer continental shelf (OCS) is open to actual drilling operations. And if you can't drill for oil and natural gas, you can’t know how much you have.