WATCHING WASHINGTON INSPECTING THE FEDERAL INSPECTOR

With Patrick Crow As the last steel was welded on the trans-Alaska crude oil pipeline in 1976, Congress passed a law designed to prevent quality control problems with an expected trans-Alaska gas pipeline. At the time, there were several proposals to build a long gas trunk line through Alaska and Canada and use Prudhoe Bay field's 10 tcf of gas to ease a shortage in the Lower 48. The law established the independent Office of the Federal Inspector of the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation

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