Bering River Seep


The Bering River/Katalla region was Alaska's first oil-producing region and had many wells and a refinery in operation before World War II. The Katalla formation oil is very paraffinic and is a clear liquid with a light orange clear color and a "piney" smell. It was valued as lamp oil because of its light, paraffinic properties. Along the west shore of the Bering River near the ruins of the village of Chilkat, oil seeps out of exposed faults at the base of a hill next to the river.

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