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This quantity chronicles the evolution of conservationist crisis over Alaska in view that the United States received it. Coates reports the advancements that aroused trouble, investigates the adjustments within the nature and power of the fear, and assesses the debates over those matters.

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I was grateful for a few quiet hours and the opportunity to stretch. Bob hailed from southern Missouri and, like many other Alaskans, came north during the pipeline construction boom. He was a great country-and-western fan. I was growing a little tired of endless songs about the teenage queen who worked at the candy store and left the boy next door for the bright lights, only to renounce her fancy home, swimming pool, and shiny cars to return to marry the boy next door who still worked at the candy store; despite her wealth and fame she was plain sad and lonesome and empty inside.

The oilfield area is off limits to anyone without a permit. The only way to get to the ocean, a further seven miles, was to sneak a ride in. I stood at the fork in the road at the boundary of the oilfield complex. One road led to ARCO, the other to SOHIO-BP. The first pickup that came along took the road to ARCO. It stopped for me and we passed through the checkpoint without a hitch. As I crawled out at a safe distance from the main buildings, one of the workers gave me his lunch pack. Munching on a hard-boiled egg, I strolled off down the gravel road toward the ocean.

For a version of events sympathetic to the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company (ALPS), one should consult Lawrence J. Allen, The Trans-Alaska Pipeline, 1, The Beginning (1975), and 2, South to Valdez (1976); also 3, Emerging Alaska, by Kristina Lindbergh and Barry L. Provorse (1977). Closest in tone and attitude is James P. Roscow, 800 Miles to Valdez: The Building of the Alaska Pipeline (1977); a panegyrical paean to the unique technological challenges posed by the demanding Alaskan environment and triumphantly overcome by a formidable engineering achievement.

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