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CBS Evening News for Monday, Jun 11, 1990
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Norwegian tanker Mega Borg reported still burning and leaking oil in Gulf of Mexico, off Texas coast; live scenes shown; oil cargo compared to that of Exxon Valdez. Report introduced.

(Galveston: Scott Pelley) Firefighting efforts detailed. [US Coast Guard commandant Admiral Bill KIME - comments on speed of efforts.] Believed location of oil cargo on tanker illustrated on screen. Special equipment flown in from Rotterdam, Netherlands, noted not available in US. [US Coast Guard Rear Admiral William MERLIN - comments on salvage companies who own special equipment.] Threat to beaches mentioned; concern about tanker sinking noted.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Galveston: James Hattori) Oil spill threat to Galveston Bay, Texas, tourism and shrimping industries featured; scenes shown from November 1979, Burmah Agate spill and fire. [Visitor Jeff GRABOWSKI - says because of the spill, we decided to come down today instead of later this week.] [SHRIMPER - comments on wind conditions.] [Galveston Mayor Barbara CREWS, merchant Gary GETSCHMANN - talk about readiness for cleanup.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Details given of tanker explosions. Report introduced. ......

(New York: Deborah Potter) Oil industry reported fighting Congressional bill to better prepare for spills; details given of double hull requirement; Alaskan Exxon Valdez spill recalled; scenes shown. [Former United States Coast Guard commandant Admiral Paul YOST - says America wants better spill response.] [Natural Resources Defense Council Lisa SPEER - comments on legislation.] Mega Borg's oil difference from that of Valdez noted. [Golob's Oil Pollution Bulletin Richard GOLOB - comments on different oil.] [YOST - comments on oil transfer, when explosion occurred.] Oil transfer operations in Gulf of Mexico noted increasing. [Tanker advisory center Arthur McKENZIE - says record of spills is improving.]

Hattori, James;
Pelley, Scott;
Potter, Deborah;
Rather, Dan

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