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Weather / Fuel Shortage #250719

CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 07, 1977
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(Studio) Many inds. and businesses closed due to fuel shortage reopen today; New York, New Jersey, MD, IN and Cleveland, Ohio, now to receive gas. Some schools also reopen. (Film shown) Fuel shortage has caused calls for investigation into gas industry mkting. decisions; 1 going on for President Carter.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Mineral Wells, Texas) Some Texas gas wells don't produce for lack of transport method. [Independent gas producer Frank PITTS - says without pipeline gas can't be mktd.] Reasons for lack of pipelines noted. Pitts and others had to lay own pipeline to fields near Fort Worth, Texas. Some OK gas is burned away because Oklahoma Natural Gas Company says it's too impure to use and supply not sure enough to build purifying plant. Consumer groups charge producers hold back gas to get higher price; producers say market precludes that. [Texas Pacific Oil Company spokesperson Ron FREELS - says if producing wells shut off, competitors would drain supply.] [PITTS - says bankers don't loan money on non-producing wells.] Producers say main reason for few capped wells is transport problem.
REPORTER: Eric Engberg

(Studio) Education process conts. despite Tuel shortage in Columbus, Ohio.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Columbus, Ohio) [WOMAN - announces schedule for day on WBNS-TV school.] Report on television classes for children out of school in Columbus, Ohio. [Coletta CHILD - says it's not as much fun because they get no recesses.] [Mother Kay COLETTA - says children can't learn as much but it's better than nothing.] Some schools without gas heat kept open for children to attend 1 day per week; other places also serve as classrooms, include Papa Joe's Pizza Parlor. [Principal Thomas O'MAHONEY - says pizza smell may get to them but it will work out.] [Teacher Doug SMELTZ - describes television teaching experience.] Some teach on radio stations [Disc JOCKEY - announces end of 1 class, beginning of another on WBNS radio.]

(Studio) When winter ends, next crisis is floods.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Buffalo, New York) Situation in Buffalo, New York, noted; officials predict record-breaking floods. [Army Corp of Engineers spokesperson Sam MAIORE - says amt. of snow means heavy floods in much of New York.] Rivers which have frozen also pose problem. Mrs. John B. Fortini already moving family to higher ground. [Mrs. FORTINI - says she's tired of fighting elements.] Snow around house of Mrs. Barbara Kassowski noted. Demands with regard to dam on creek noted; as yet no dam has been built. [MAIORE - cites plans to build dam.] [John KASSOWSKI - cites expectations for flood this year]
REPORTER: Don Kladstrup

Kladstrup, Don;
Cronkite, Walter;
Engberg, Eric

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