Exxon’s Ed Patton’s role in oil pipeline
Engineer played many roles in getting line built, including liaison, lobbyist; warned in 1970 that Native claims needed solving
For Petroleum News
If discovering oil on Prudhoe Bay wasn’t tough enough, the oil companies still had to find a way to ship the sweet crude to their customers.
The choices were few, really.
With Prudhoe Bay icebound for most of the year, the oil would have to go to an open water port by pipeline.
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