CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 21, 1976
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(Studio) When Congress voted for Alaska pipeline, assumption was west coast would use most of oil. Now known there'll be more than west coast can use; environmental dangers feared if west coast facilities used to ship oil to rest of country
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Long Beach, California) Oil to be brought by tanker from Valdez, AK, to Long Beach, California, and piped to refineries in Texas and beyond; longer route through Panama Canal by tanker being considered because some Californians fear release of hydrocarbons into air from tankers during unloading. [California energy commission chairperson Richard MAULLIN - says unless adequate vapor controls put on ships and recing. tanks, there could be impact on air quality to make landing point infeasible.] Chairperson also suggests Alaska oil be shipped to Japan or be traded for oil elsewhere. Long Beach environmentalists say effect of Alaska oil would be minimal. [Dr. Don BRIGHT - says amount of emissions would be small and can be reduced by using best technology available.] In Washington, DC hearings, Alaska Senator Ted Stevens remarks on California possibly stopping oil. [STEVENS - says if Alaska oil resources to be developed, it'll have to be landed in US.] Port of Long Beach going on with building docks for tankers.
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater