>>Oil, hot crude, flows from the richest wells on the frozen arctic shore.
>>So much effort at such great cost to be ready to carry a 12 million barrel daily capacity
>>It took $8 billion, 20,000 workers, 12-hour days, and 7-day weeks, to finish it in three years, inside the deadline.
>>First, they built the road, 360 miles long, supplying 30 construction camps, using extra gravel to insulate the permafrost.
>>Then they needed supports to raise up the pipeline to prevent it from heating up the ground.
>>Half of the pipeline rests on 78,000 supports, 60 feet apart.
>>It’s a new design for constructing to be part of the land so caribou can march under it,
and earthquakes can rock and sway it.
>>Then the pipe; 70,000 sections joined and laid, then buries or raised, crossing 3 mountain ranges, 800 riverbeds, tundra, forests, and lakes, all the way from the arctic to the pacific.
>>And now, from the richest oil field in America, 35,000 gallons of oil can flow every minute through a 48-inch pipe stretched 800 miles, the length of Alaska, to the ice-free port of Valdez.
>>In April, 1974, it began with the haul road, and on August 1, 1977, this film documented the first tanker leaving for the south, full of oil.