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Oil Tanker Controversy #248416

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 12, 1977
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(Studio) Congress is told today prevention of oil spills in American waters by foreign tankers can be done by limiting number of foreign tankers allowed to sail in US waters.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Seafarers Union president Paul Hall testifies to congress committee with regard to tanker controversy. [HALL - says ships need trained people to run them.] Coast Guard spokesperson says they haven't been lax in tanker safety. [Rear Admiral William BENKERT - cites cases where Guard has prevented foreign vessels loading or unloading in United States ports.] [Commerce Committee chairperson Senator Warren MAGNUSON - says ships already in port at that point.] [BENKERT - says Guard lacks authority to stop them at sea.] Other comments noted.
REPORTER: Nelson Benton

(NYC) Recent tanker accidents and locations listed. Experts claim rough seas in north Atlantic not cause of accidents; rather it's human error. Costs of United States shipping versus that of foreign ntns. noted; United States regulations stricter. [Guard John HANSON - says Coast Guard hasn't authority to inspect foreign vessels.] (Interview by Bruce Hall.) "Argo Merchant" wreck noted. Coast Guard says international law improvement is answer. [Admiral William RAE - says quick move for better standards is necessary.] Maritime agreements which United States has refused to sign noted.
REPORTER: Jim Kilpatrick

(Studio) Reasons for agreements' defeats noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Benton, Nelson;
Cronkite, Walter;
Kilpatrick, Jim

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