Alyeska-pipe.com, an 800-mile-long steel pipe that crosses mountain ranges, rivers, and major earthquake fault lines. Alyeska Pipeline Service Company is the company that maintains and operates the pipeline. This pipeline is not only important to Alaska's oil supply, but it is also important to the United States oil supply. This pipeline alone accounts for roughly 20 percent of the United States oil production. The construction of this enormous pipeline also required the construction of roads and extra facilities to manage the pipeline. The pipeline itself only took about 3 years to complete; the construction of everything for this pipeline ended in June of 1977. The first time oil ran through the pipeline was on June 20, 1977. And, finally, on August 1, 1977, a tanker was filled and pulled away from the station with its first round of Alaska crude oil from the pipeline.
|The Pipeline going over the Tanana River.|
|Me in front of the terminal in Valdez.|