Oil was discovered in the Cook Inlet area in 1957, and rigorous development began in 1959, first in the Swanson River area and then with oil rigs in Cook Inlet off the coast of Nikiski. Platforms speckle the inlet and shoreside support systems abound, employing many in Nikiski.
Oil rigs stand among the ice floes off the shore of Nikiski (Photo Credit: Tim Peters)
Helicopters regularly ferry crews and supplies to oil rigs from shore (Photo Credit: Tim Peters)
The Monopod platform in Cook Inlet (Photo Credit: henks3222 on Flickr)
The Grayling Platform in Cook Inlet (Photo Credit: Jared Cockman)
A platform can be seen backed by Mt. Spurr off Port Nikiski (Photo Credit: pderricks on Flickr)
Oil Platforms are seen beyond Port Nikiski's wharves at sunset (Photo Credit: Dan Smouse)