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Alaska Pipeline, The 1x57

In the early weeks of 1968, geologists calculated that as much as ten billion barrels of oil lay below the frozen tundra of Prudhoe Bay, which was the largest oil find in North America. The pipeline built to bring that oil to market was one of the greatest engineering feats of the 20th century. This AMERICAN EXPERIENCE program explores the impact the pipeline had on culture and society in Alaska as well as the environment, featuring the men and women who worked on the line as well as long-time Alaska residents, members of the Native Alaskan community, environmentalists, government geologists, congressional supporters and foes of the project, and local Alaska politicians.