Slide 22: In summary, finding and extracting oil and natural gas in the US in general and in the Rockies in particular is very costly and difficult. The above graphic summarizes some of the key issues involved: note the great number of wells drilled and the low output per well. And as we've shown earlier most of the "easy oil" has been found in the US. What remains or is yet undiscovered is found offshore in sensitive coastal areas such as California or the Gulf of Mexico and in national parks and other sensitive habitats such as the overthrust belt or the North Slope of Alaska. Learn more about some of the environmental conflicts that revolve around oil in the west from the WWW Resources. See the article in the High Country News -- October 13, 1997: "Forest Service acts to preserve 'the Front' - article. See also: "Rocky Mountain Front."
Credit: Courtesy Robert E. Ford, Westminster College of Salt Lake City.