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These big white tanks will soon hold over 6 million gallons of petroleum products, all brought here by barges during the summer months when the ocean is free of ice. Although Alaska is famous for oil production, and Kotzebue is in Alaska, you won't see any oil rigs in this portrait of Kotzebue. We have no oil wells. And we have no oil refineries. Heating fuel, stove oil, gasoline, kerosene...all come here by sea, and are stored in the big white tanks to keep us well-fueled through the long, cold winter.
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