LECTURES: TOM GIBBS
The Big Inch and Little Big Inch Pipelines: The Most Amazing Government-Industry Cooperation Ever Achieved
by Tom Gibbs
In 1940 the only way to get oil from the oil fields in Texas to the east coast was via oil tanker. At the onset of the war, the idea of shipping oil along the east coast became dangerous and untenable because of the German U-Boat threat. This lecture will discuss the creation of the Big Inch and Little Big Inch pipelines in relation to Americas new wartime energy demands, as well as the cooperation that had to occur between government and private industry to ensure the pipelines were built..