ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 10, 1977
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(Studio) Top energy officials, include Federal Energy Administration head John O'Leary, say gas shortage easing, but energy crisis to last. Drought in West noted; implications for Pacific northw. enormous.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(No location given) Lack of snow in Washington causing problems for ski resorts, like that managed by Denny Deneen. [DENEEN - notes previous years snows and this year's.] Drought has also caused forest fires to occur and winter wheat won't take root. Lack of snow also means lack of water supply in spring when snow melts. [Jim HEINTZMAN - cites farmers dependency on irrigation and effects of lack of water on crops.] Since 85% of energy here is furnished by hydroelectric power plants, summer blackouts could occur for lack of water; power companies have made unique radio ads to encourage energy conservation. (Seattle (WA) City Light Company commercial tape played.) If good weather in Oregon and Washington doesn't turn bad, summer here could be as bad as other states' winter.
REPORTER: Bill Redeker
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