Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Shimkus Recognizes Pipeline Historical Marker Dedication

Nov 13, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) entered a statement into the permanent Congressional Record recognizing the dedication on Monday (November 11, 2019) of an Illinois State Historical Society marker for the War Emergency Pipeline, which began near Texas oil fields and ended in Norris City following its 1943 completion during World War II.
"In 1942, oil tankers from the Gulf of Mexico were being sunk by German submarines at the rate of three per day," Shimkus said. "A committee appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt recommended an overland pipeline be built from Longview (Texas) to Norris City."

The pipeline put approximately 3,500 people to work, noted the congressman, who added "13,500 barrels of crude oil were received hourly on this pipeline between February 19 and September 1, 1943."

The full entry in the congressional record can be found HERE