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Geologist's Alaska gamble could turn into America's next big shale play

ANCHORAGE -- Petroleum geologist Ed Duncan believes he's on the precipice of proving America's next monster shale oil play. Duncan, president and CEO of Great Bear Petroleum LLC, is betting big that Alaska's North Slope geology will yield bountiful untapped resources as vast as the unconventional oil plays at Texas' Eagle Ford and North Dakota's Bakken shale fields.

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