It CREELEY (CÂ«to.) TRIBUNE Wt4.,MÂ«ltt If, ItTI PIPKUNK PARTNERS - George Sherling, ten, and his Eskimo partner, Thomas Ekak, work together as welders on the Alaskan pipeline. Gree/ey man fells of fife building Alaskan pipeline By RICK SHAW Tribune-UNC Intern To those of us at home, the Alaskan oil pipeline is just something we hear about every once in awhile. To George Shcrling it is "The biggest single pipeline ever attempted, probably equal in its time to the building nf the Panama Cans! It's an engineering marvel and a construction nightmare." A five-year Ureelcy resident, Sherling, 2016 25th Avc., was dispatched by Pipeline Local 798 of Tulsa, Okla., to work on the pipeline as a welder for Arctic Constructors. Sherling, referring to recent criticism of welders on the pipeline said, "There are some guys that are a little aggressive and cocky, but we are the only ones on the hill who have to prove ourselves. We have to pass a test before we can get the job." Sherling was dispatched to tbe pipeline last July and returned home for rest and recuperation in September after working in camps at Happy Valley, Franklin Bluff, Toolik and Dietrich in Alaska. Life in the Alaskan camps is similar to any other pipeline camp according to Sherling, except for the extreme cold and the women construction workers. He said the temperature frequently dropped to 40 degrees below zero and a warm day was 20 below zero. According to Sherling, the women in the camps do a good job working as clerks, warehousemen, bus drivers, truck drivers, in the mess hall, as "bull cooks" -- cleaning the barracks -- and as laborers on the construction site. There isn't much to do in (he area around the camps during free time, said Sherling, "I'm there to make money, not to be a tourist or a playboy." The incentive which keeps him away from his family for long periods of time, which is the main thing he misses while away, are wages totaling $1,500 for a 70-hour week before taxes. The pipeline work has attracted construction workers from all over (he world, Sherling said, and many of the workers are Eskimo. Shcrling said Alaskan residents have first choice for jobs on the pipeline. "T don't knnw why we can't df the same on construction projects in Colorado. Why, with oil shale, all of the Utes on the reservations could be working on a project," Sherling said. According to Sherling, life in the construction camps isn't bad at all. "The food is good. We get steak two times a week, prime rib every Sunday, and pork chops and mutton pretty often," he said. "We had the world's best pastry chef in Toolik." The workers are provided recreation halls and a different movie almost every night. His only complaints are the poor laundry facilities and having to carry a duffle bag full of survival gear wherever he goes. Each barracks is equipped with two washing machines for it's 50 men to use. He said between waiting for everyone else to do their laundry and the machines breaking down, it might take from 6 p.m. to midnight to do laundry. As for lugging a duffle bag around, each person is required to purchase special survival clothing before setting foot in a pipeline camp. This gear must be carried upon leaving the camp as a precautionary measure in case of sudden storms, when it is possible to freeze to death. Sherling is going back to work at the pipeline project as soon as possible. He estimates the project is one-third completed. The government expected to finish the pipeline by the end of this year and to have oil flowing by the middle of next year, but the project is six months behind schedule, according to Sherling. LAYING THE LINE -- The Alaskan oil pipeline stretches across miles of treeless lundra. Construction workers write home to their wives saying, "There is a woman behind every tree up here." Joy Irwin heads Law Explorers Post The new president of Law Members of the program Explorers Post 250is Jay Irwin, committee for this year are son of Mrs. Glenis Irwin, 732 Carol Nelson, Jay Irwin, Terri 37th Ave. Cl. He was elected to Odstrcil, Tom Baker, and Jim the one-year post by members Anderson, at their last meeting. The names of four members Vice president of the group is will be drawn, and those per- Tom Baker, son of Mr. and Mrs. bons. will be given Hie op- Travis Mimms. Windsor, and portunity to accompany a the secretary is Betly deputy district attorney for one Dclgadillo, daughter of Mr. and day each week for a month. Mrs. Joe Delgadillo. 1404 7th The next meeting will be at Ave. The new Ireasure is 7:.10 p.m. on Mar. IB at the Shelley Schweitzer, daughter of Grccley Community Building. Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Schweitzer, 1530 71st Ave. Don Rauh, son of Mrs. Duke Rauh. 19H 20lh St. Rd., was selected hy ( .he officers to he the program committee chairman for next year. 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