CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 02, 1977
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(Studio) Importance of coal in future noted. Innovative means of moving coal is now being debated.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Campbell Cnty., Wyoming) railroad means of moving coal will halt if Energy Transportation Systems, Incorporated (ETSI) wins legal battle to build pipeline from Wyoming to Arkansas to move coal by slurry method. Method described; has been used in 300-mi. line from Arizona to NV. Pipeline people say it's cheaper. [State senate John OSTLUND - says it's environmental sound and will provide additional tax base for Wyoming.] RR's lead fight in opposition; issue re: eminent domain, and question of ETSI's right to tunnel under RR right-of-way. [RR president Norman LORENTZSEN - opposes eminent domain law.] Opposition view presented. [State representative L.J. HUNTER - cites water shortage in area.] ETSI plans to use underground, untapped wells. Company Vice President Frank Odaz says plan has approval of state engineer who investigated plan for Wyoming. [ODAZ - cites findings with regard to water use.] Many begin to feel ETSI argument winning over RR's and soon RR's virtual monopoly on coal transport in West will end.
REPORTER: Richard Wagner