According to Energy Information Administration statistics, in 2009 the average amount of barrels per day produced in Alaska was 645,000. 8,00 of those barrels per day came from South Alaska, the rest came from the North Slope. This is part of a steady decrease from 908,000 barrels per day in 2004
There is a very positive trend in regards to the oil production industry in Alaska. The quantity of production has been DECLINING each year since it’s peak in 1988 (with slight fluctuations). This is very important due to the sensitivity of the area. The graph below is the actual production levels of all oil development sites in Alaska since 1973. The values of oil production is in terms of Average per day production in Thousands of Barrels.
Oil production in Alaska is declining because there is not enough there anymore to produce at the previously higher rates. While this may have a side benefit, environmental concerns have nothing to do with the decline.
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