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(Studio) Environmental Protection Agency blasts Interior Department's clearance of offshore oil drilling along Pacific Coast. Environmental Protection Agency proposes 2 year delay for further study. Public hearings held on drilling.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Beverly Hills, California) Film of January 1969 Santa Barbara offshore oil spill shown. People remember it. In its environmental impact statement, government says offshore drilling now safe enough to lease 8-10 million acres off Atlantic and Pacific coasts for drilling. Ford feels its national necessity. [Senator John TUNNEY - calls Interior Department's plan disaster. Gives reasons.] [Standard Oil of California John SILCOX - says his company and rest of oil ind. have asked for stepped up leasing from 5-10 years Since 1960s, info. and exploration of outer Continental Shelf acquired. In Gulf of AK, more environmental and exploration information acquired than available for any other undrilled area in world. Not plan for disaster.] Environmentalists and California coast commission object to extra refineries and processing ctrs. for on shore.
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Drinkwater, Terry
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