The Frontiers Model was developed by ICF Incorporated1 to forecast oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids production from federal offshore areas in Alaska and along the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts. The Frontiers Model forecast does not include future discoveries of proved reserves in the Gulf of Mexico because many other forecasts for that more mature offshore area are available. However, just as production of hydrocarbons, particularly natural gas, from the Gulf of Mexico have become a significant fraction of total national production, the vast, relatively unexplored offshore frontier areas could become an important source of the country's future energy needs.

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