American Experience

Moving the Oil by Pipeline

Clip: Season 18 | 1m 12s

In 1968, Atlantic Ritchfield struck oil in Alaska's Prudhoe Bay. It was a massive strike, the largest oil field ever discovered in North America. Other oil companies joined in and started drilling their own wells. The biggest problem anyone could foresee was how to get 10 billion barrels of oil out of Alaska. Eventually, they agreed that the only practical solution was a pipeline.

Aired: 05/15/06

Rating: NR

Problems Playing Video?