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Fuel Shortage #47495

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 03, 1977
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(Studio) Weather milder today in hard-hit areas. Carter administration officials may conduct independent investigation with regard to actuality of gas shortage; some people say gas producers hold back for higher prices.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) [CARTER - declares emergency situation as he signs bill.] FPC chairperson Richard Dunham today details shift of gas from Northwest Pipeline of Salt Lake City to Texas to Transco, which serves New York, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania; other supplies soon to come from California and imports from Canada and Mexico to increase [DUNHAM - says they can almost guarantee there'll be no severe conditions in area of human needs.] Dunham says if weather doesn't get worse, West inds. won't have to close, but those in Midwest and E. might not get back to normal till summer.
REPORTER: Roger Peterson

(Studio) Many are concerned with regard to how to pay now for higher heat bills.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) Some northe. Senators are concerned with regard to poor. Maine Senator Edmund Muskie calls several govs. to testify with regard to status of poor in their states. [Connecticut Governor Ella GRASSO - cites conditions in Connecticut.] [Pennsylvania Governor Milton SHAPP - says emergency appropriation needed to help pay heating costs of poor.] Carter's decision with regard to matter awaited.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) White House indicates early action can be expected as President is sympathetic to problems of poor.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Studio) In Pennsylvania, federal money has been used to buy fuel for people who can't afford it; spending money puts program in jeopardy. Another program to help winterize homes is in jeopardy.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Case of John and Mary Hoffman cited as example of those applying for help in both programs. [HOFFMAN - says government should help them.] [Pennsylvania department of community affairs spokesperson A.L. HYDEMAN - says emergency fuel program is just to keep people from freezing; notes if weatherizing program had been used earlier, emergency fuel might not be needed.] [HOFFMAN - says they'll be all right if they get through February and March.] Reporter notes weatherizing funds necessary to buy emergency fuel.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(Studio) Utility companies say gas bills after Emergency Energy Act won't go up too much.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Gregory, Bettina;
Peterson, Roger;
Reasoner, Harry;
Reynolds, Frank;
Walters, Barbara

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