CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 10, 1977
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(Studio) Senator panel says Energy Department may be overconfident with regard to ability to cope with possible natural gas shortage in coming winter. Recommendations of subcommittee noted. Federal reallocation of natural gas is already hot issue, pitting gas. product states against gasless neighbors.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(New Orleans, Louisiana) Prime example of Southwest states versus North states controversy re: reallocation of natural gas is that of United Pipeline Company United can't supply all customers with all natural gas demanded; it supplies Louisiana inds. directly, North inds. indirectly, by selling to other pipeline companies Fed. government has ordered United to cut supplies to Louisiana inds. on same basis it cuts those to other inds. [LA Governor Edwin EDWARDS - says prospect is for other inds. to operate while Louisiana inds. are shut; won't tolerate it. Doesn't think state should have to import coal when it's shipping 40% of nation's gas out.] Admin. judge's ruling in case isn't final word, but is victory for North states. [Attorney Sheila HOLLIS - says North states not asking for special treatment, but equal treatment.] Busman. Charles Koepp, of Madisonville, LA, says he can't afford to put in coal-burning equipment in plant; he faces loss of gas. [KOEPP - says it isn't fair.] Energy Regulatory Commission to rule in matter by November 1.
REPORTER: Eric Engberg