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Oil Spills / Delaware River / Argo Merchant #41450

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 28, 1976
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(Studio) Another Liberian tanker, "Olympic Games", is grounded on rocks in Delaware River, south of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Monday night. Creates oil spill.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(No location given) Coast Guard containment efforts not entirely successful; beaches in Delaware and Pennsylvania already affected. Ship grounded when trying to dock at British Petroleum Refinery at Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. [EPA Admin. Russell TRAIN - says this spill and 1 off Nantucket indicate need to take hard look at standards as far as foreign ships concerned.] There'll be official inquiry with regard to grounding. Ship owned by Panamanian company and is registered in Liberia; owners have rptdly. offered to pay for cleanup.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(Studio) In Greek legend, "Argo" was name of Jason's ship; but name hasn't been magic for "Argo Merchant," grounded off Massachusetts coast. Greek captain testifies today in New York City court grounding due to faulty navigational equipment.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Cape Cod, Massachusetts) Ship's bow sinks today; oil floats 130 mile out in sea, most without sinking, so indications are there'll be little damage to life below surface. At Cape Cod, Coast Guard calls news conference to defense self against accusation it did too little too late to prevent spill. [Lieutenant Commander Barry CHAMBERS - says immediate problem was preventing ship from breaking.] (Coast Guard 1972 film shown.) Guard shows film to defense self from charge it should have burned oil; in 1972 incident Navy ship tried to set fire to oil; instead set fire to ship. Attempts to set fire to present spill with copters unsuccessful. [Captain Lynn HEIN - cites lessons learned from latest spill.]
REPORTER: Bill Stewart

Gregory, Bettina;
Reasoner, Harry;
Stewart, Bill;
Walters, Barbara

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