Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., operator of the trans-Alaska pipeline system, is celebrating the 45th anniversary of TAPS with stories.
This series, which will release two to three stories a week through the summer, contains content commemorating every year of operations since startup in 1977.
The stories will blend the reflections and recollections from dozens of employees, past and present, with some of the 800-mile oil pipeline’s most notable milestones and achievements.
A story available on the Alyeska website now (https://www.alyeska-pipe.com/) is that of Jeff Streit, titled “A Journey, never a job.”
“After helping build TAPS from 1974-1977, operating rock trucks, fuel trucks, boom trucks and forklifts, including working on a Hercules aircraft team offloading critical supplies while Wien F-27s were hauling workers in and out nearby, from Galbraith Lake to Coldfoot, Jeff transitioned to removing remnants of that historic construction effort.
“He demobilized Prospect, Oldman and 5-Mile camps, loading piece by piece onto numerous high deck trailers to be shipped out of state. Jeff even saw one of those Hercules blow up at the Galbraith airport.
“After crossing the Yukon River for years on a powerful hovercraft barge, he helped load up its dismantled pieces when the bridge was complete,” the first part of his story reads.
“Seeing the signs that this phase was finite, Jeff sought a long-term gig on the nowoperating pipeline,” following a lead about technician openings at Pump Station 8.
Jeff remained on TAPS for more than 48 years. Later in the story he was asked why he stayed so long. He replied, “Curiosity, passion, being a student of the pipeline. It has always been a journey and never a job.”