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California Oil Leak #200647

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 16, 1969
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(Studio) Interior Secretary Walter Hickel reports resumption of offshore oil land leasing. Report on channel conditions.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Santa Barbara, California) Oil from leak still in channel. Film of January `69 leak shown. 1 oil expert says Interior Department's leakage figures 10 times too low. [U. California Chemical Engineer Paul MIKOLAJ - says their figures pulled out of air.] [Union Oil spokesperson Don CRAGGS - says pressures lowered by drilling. Area cleaned up to original condition. Ins. Company softened the blow for us.] Drillers have run off visitors. Hosed down some, until Judge hosed down and had it stopped. [Chamber of Commerce Spokesperson Stan LOWRY - says they can't guarantee it won't occur again.] Estimated $5 million spent on cleanup.
REPORTER: Bill Stout

Cronkite, Walter;
Stout, Bill

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