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New Jersey, Connecticut / Gasoline Deals #233004

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 20, 1974
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(Studio) In New Jersey, independent gasoline broker negotiated vast quantities of fuel for state. Origin of gasoline remains largest unanswered question.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Cherry Hill, New Jersey) Consumer still has trouble getting gasoline. Connecticut unhappy with federal allocation system. [State energy administration Eckhard BECK - tries to procure other sources of gas for state.] New Jersey state senators learn independent broker, Ernest Saldutti, under indictment for stealing gasoline. [SALDUTTI - insists gasoline deal worked out with New Jersey had no bearing on other case.] [State senate Frank DODD - admits acting with haste.] But Dodd conts. efforts to find more gas for New Jersey. Dodd talks with FEO head William Simon about situation.
REPORTER: Sharron Lovejoy

(DC) [FEO deputy director John SAWHILL - says origin of excess gasoline unknown.] Questioned about possible European suppliers. [SAWHILL - states all gasoline reaching United States must be allocated through federal program. Gasoline imports must be spread equitably through cntry.]
REPORTER: Nelson Benton

(Studio) Maryland files suit against 20 major oil companies and FEO head Simon in effort to get more gasoline.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Benton, Nelson;
Cronkite, Walter;
Lovejoy, Sharron

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