SYNOPSIS: This doesn't look like much...but the people who want to build the Alaskan pipeline?
SYNOPSIS: This doesn't look like much...but the people who want to build the Alaskan pipeline say this strip of ground has been very important. Under the ground, here at the University of Alaska, is a heated test section of pipe.
For three years they've been watching vegetation planted on top of the pipe...and measuring the heat that goes into the ground from the pipe. They say plants will grow well..and the pipe heat will not disturb the ground.
This, the oil companies say, is just one more reason why they should be allowed to get started on the Trans-Alaskan pipeline - along this route - 889 miles from the oil fields of Prudhoe bay to the Port of Valdez.
Conservationists are still fighting the plan in the court. They say this valley passes through one of the most dangerous earthquake areas of the world. They fear oil might spill from the pipeline here - damaging the environment.
For three years the oil companies have been ready with equipment and half a dozen camps along their proposed route - ready to being pipeline destruction whenever the congressions and the courts gives the word to go ahead.
The pipe is still stacked in row after row...just as it has been for three winters.
Here at Prudhoe bay it has been coated to prevent it from rusting. The pipeline company says it is still good.
Under this tundra of Alaska's north Slope....along the rim of the Arctic Ocean..there is, waiting to be tapped, some----10----20---maybe 40 billion barrels of oil.
(OLIVER STAND UP BRIDGE 2 (TAKE 5)