CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 22, 1976
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(Studio) Oil tanker off Nantucket breaks up completely spilling more oil into Georges Bank fishing area. Grounding may have been deliberate.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Boston, Massachusetts) (US Coast Guard tape shown.) Final breaking up of tanker and effects on fishing industry noted. Massachusetts department of environmental affairs says fishermen from Chatham and Provincetown off Cape Cod report they've already been affected. Tourism could also be affected. Officials also concerned with regard to off-shore oil leases in Georges Bank area. [Evelyn MURPHY - talks about area in lease and department's concerns.] Aerial reports indicate some oil has already sunk. [Marine biologist Allen MICHAEL - notes affects sunken oil could have.] Group of New England scientists meets to discuss matter. Environmental impact evidence is small. [Nantucket alderman Arnold SMALL - says he thinks problem is being exaggerated.]
REPORTER: Steve Young
(Studio) Coast Guard says it's gotten word grounding may have been intentional.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) (US Coast Guard tape shown.) Report on telephone call received by Guard from alleged crew mbr., Pakistani national, M. Sabir saying grounding may have been deliberate. Has been learned Pakistani was on ship, name is Mohammed Sabir and stayed in Nantucket motel after wreck; apparently left country with rest of crew Saturday night. Guard says it has no authority to probe allegation, but has passed information on to Liberian officials. Officials say wreck hard to explain. [Admiral William BENKERT - says there has to be navigational problem under these circumstances.] Liberian corporation is front for Unknown owner of ship, possibly Greek. Rptdly., crew left in chartered Greek Olympic Airlines plane.
REPORTER: Fred Graham
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