"Take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska - we've got plenty of both," she said.
Executives from the oil giant Shell, whose multi-billion dollar plans have been held up by court actions brought by environmental campaigners, are now optimistic that public opinion is shifting their way.
Peter Slaiby, head of Shell's Alaska operations, said: "I think the American people are on our side, and I think what's been the tipping point has been the four dollar gallon - it's really created a sea-change of thought on this."
Oil on waters
In answer to fears of a major oil spill in the Arctic waters, Shell and other oil companies assert that they are environmentally responsible and ready with the latest clean-up technology.
But among those worried is Professor Rick Steiner of the University of Alaska, who concludes: "It's far too risky to do these oil developments offshore in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off Alaska.
David Shukman takes a flight over US Arctic oilfield
"The oil industry says they can do it safely.
"But there have been several major blowouts offshore on rigs that have exceeded the size of the Exxon Valdez oil spill [the oil tanker that ruptured off the southern coast of Alaska 20 years ago]."
Opposition also comes from many native Alaskans, including the Inupiat people here in Barrow.
Although this community has benefited from oil revenues, for centuries the way of life has revolved around hunting the great creatures of the Arctic out at sea and on the winter ice, and the fear is that the waters may become contaminated.
Eugene Brower, a whaling captain and prominent local figure, believes that drilling offshore could threaten his culture.
"Oil ain't everything. What about the human beings that live up here, up and down the coastline? What about our way of life?.
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