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Correction: Doyon Exploration story

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm •  Published: February 11, 2013

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — In a story Feb. 9 about a Doyon, Ltd., plan to extend a road to a drilling prospect in the Nenana Basin, The Associated Press reported erroneously the reason for drilling an exploratory well. The decision to drill was based on the potential for oil, not natural gas.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Native corp.: Exploration shows promising reserves

Native Alaska corporation says exploration showed encouraging oil reserves, plans 2nd well

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks-based Alaska Native corporation is in the process of extending a road in the Nenana Basin to reach a planned drill site they hope taps into crude oil reserves.

The well will be drilled on state land and named Nunivak No. 2. Crews will drill down about 12,000 feet in search of oil. Drilling is expected to begin in mid-June, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (

"We're extending a road we had built in 2009 for our first well out there," said Jim Mery, vice president of lands and natural resources for Doyon, Ltd.

An earlier well, Nunivak No. 1, tapped a 3,000-acre area and the results showed an "active petroleum system" in the area, although not enough to make a development project economically viable in the immediate vicinity.

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