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Energy Crisis / Offshore Drilling #23759

ABC Evening News for Friday, Nov 02, 1973
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(Studio) Federal Power Commission warns oil shortages could cause electrical brownouts along E. Coast and drastic power shortages in Pacific Southwest Concern about energy crisis leads to oil exploration off American shores.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Panama City, Florida) Interior Department leases areas off Gulf of Mexico to Shell Oil Company for oil exploration. Decision highly unpopular along Florida's panhandle. If beaches become polluted with oil, tourism and money goes down drain. [Chamber of Commerce president of Panama City, Jerry CLEMONS - explains economy intertwined with cleanliness of water and beaches. Believes oil companies should solve oil spills before beginning offshore drilling.] [Hotel owner Julian BENNETT - reflects on possible effects of oil spill in summer season.] [Interior Secretary Rogers MORTON - insists oil can be brought in safely without ecological worry.] Advocates of offshore drilling insist Mid. E. situation forces refineries to begin immediately.
REPORTER: David Snell

Reasoner, Harry;
Snell, David

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