AMERICAN NOTES: Plugged Pipeline

More and more Congressmen and businessmen go about cursing the darkening clouds of the energy crisis, yet nothing has been done to light a candle of hope that sits in the nation's backyard —the Alaska pipeline. The oil reserves under Alaska's North Slope remain as frozen in controversy today as they were when the 789-mile pipeline to the ice-free port of Valdez was first proposed in 1969. The line has been stalled in part by environmental issues. Tanker traffic would almost certainly result in oil spillage and leaks from the pipeline—it would traverse three earthquake zones—could endanger the ecology...

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