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California Oil Slick / Hickel / Criticism / Mud Cap #202472

CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 07, 1969
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(Studio) Int. Secretary Walter Hickel orders halt on offshore oil drilling in Santa Barbara channel. Oil leak continues. Hickel previously halted drilling on Monday, then resumed it.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [HICKEL - declares they don't have enough geological information to insure public it won't happen again. Shutdown ordered until info. acquired and blowout stopped. President Nixon and Attorney General John Mitchell concur with decision.]
REPORTER: Nelson Benton

(Studio) Senator Edmund Muskie criticizes Hickel; makes 1st hand inspection of site.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(San Francisco, California) [MUSKIE - points out Int. Secretary acted with less than firm policy. Should have acted within time provided by offshore breeze.]
REPORTER: Robert Schakne

(Studio) Report on measures taken to stop leak.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Santa Barbara, California) Mud used to try and flood leak, which occurred at Union Oil drilling platform. [Drilling mud supplier Bill STEVENS - says mud used to stop pressure on well bore.] Diagram shown of drilling site and what is being done to help. It isn't known how many fissures exist. 200,000 gallon leaked so far. 35 mile beaches contaminated.
REPORTER: Bill Stout

Benton, Nelson;
Cronkite, Walter;
Schakne, Robert;
Stout, Bill

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