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Energy / General Accounting Office Report / Refinery Explosion / Alaska Oil Problems #258995

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jul 31, 1978
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(Studio) Report on General Accounting Office study and recommendation that liquefied gas should be kept away from populated areas due to potential dangers.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Details of General Accounting Office report and recommendations, along with reasons for study, given. [General Accounting Office spokesperson Monte CANFIELD - thinks report will awaken many people to present unsafe situation and to ways to make it safe.] Storage facility in Boston mentioned; gases involved are LNG and other liquefied gases. [CANFIELD - notes lack of security at storage facilities.] [American Gas Association president George LAWRENCE - thinks safety has been improved over years and that companies pay attention to possibility of sabotage.] Upcoming House action on liquid gas safety legislature noted.
REPORTER: Nelson Benton

(Studio) May 30 explosions at Texas City, Texas, refinery recalled; film shown. OSHA chgs. against plant operators, Texas City Refining, Incorporated, outlined. Report on problems created by Alaska pipeline.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Los Angeles, California) Congress declaration that all Alaska oil must be sold in US, made during unstable period with OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) producers, noted. Problems this now creates because there is no room for Alaska oil storage at Los Angeles and other west coast ports stated; Japan's need for Alaska oil reported [Atlantic Richfield spokesperson William KIESCHNICK - thinks temporary exchange with Japan would help industry] Japanese connection proponents' suggestion that US could reduce balance of payments deficit detailed. Is noted that some AK surplus is shipped through Panama Canal to Texas and that Japan imports oil from Persian Gulf. [Energy Action Education Fndn. spokesperson James FLUG - says this exchange would increase eastern coast dependence on imported oil.] Carter administration debate on issue cited. Ports of Valdez, AK, and Tokyo, Japan, mentioned.
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater

Benton, Nelson;
Drinkwater, Terry;
Mudd, Roger

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