ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 22, 1976
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(Studio) "Argo Merchant" breaks to pieces, spills whole load of oil near Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, close to Georges Banks fishing ground. Details noted. Film shown. Effects on ecology and fishing industry considered. Cost to state estimated, with regard to tourist trade and fishing industry
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(New Bedford, Massachusetts) ["Kilkenny" skipper Leslie TROTT - speaks of effect on fishing.] New Bedford Seafood Co-op spokesperson estimates loss in sales. [Co-op manager Ed SMITH - tells of damage to scallops and other catch.] Predictions of ultimate outcome considered.
REPORTER: Bill Stewart
(Massachusetts) Ecological effects considered. Birds and fish may be victims. [International Fund for Animal Welfare Brian DAVIES - discusses effect, especially re: birds.] Many birds to be affected are Arctic species.
REPORTER: Roger Caras
(Studio) Legal aftermath begins. Captain George Papadopoulos testifies in Boston. Pakistani crewman rptdly. says ship was deliberately grounded. Liberia government given facts, as freighter was registered there.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(DC) Coast Guard's view of disaster reported [Merchant Marine safety chief Rear Admiral William BENKERT - speaks of reasons for disaster.] Legal problems noted. [Representative Gerry STUDDS - assesses situation, especially with regard to oil spill liability fund.] Recovery of damages to be hard, if not impossible. Inadequacy of laws and international agreements cited.
REPORTER: Charles Gibson
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