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Oil Tanker / Spill #486722

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 22, 1976
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(Studio) Further details with regard to split-up of "Argo Merchant" oil tanker; so far wind blowing oil spill away from Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod, but effects to beaches and fishing areas can't be predicted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Boston, Massachusetts) [Coast Guard Admiral James STEWART - says for all practical purposes cargo is lost.] Effects of spill on birds in area noted. Environmentalists say shipwreck and oil spill due to government inaction. [Fund for Animal Welfare spokesperson Brian DAVES - says government has known oil carriers not meeting standards of safe operation.] Group of marine biologists meet in Boston today to discuss containment of spill. Ship expected to sink before pieces can be towed to deeper waters.
REPORTER: Lee McCarthy

(New Bedford, Massachusetts) Fishermen in New Bedford, Massachusetts, see northwest wind as good sign that will perhaps blow spill out to sea. At bar called National Club, 1 fisherman just back from area of spill tells of Problems. [MAN - describes effect of oil on nets in 1 spot.] Others say signs of oil show up miles from slick. [2nd MAN - notes effect of oil on seagulls.] Most fishermen say they haven't seen evidence of oil at sea. Tonight wind is fisherman's best friend, blowing out to sea.
REPORTER: Robert Hager

(Studio) Coast Guard gets questions with regard to why unsafe ships allowed to cruise in American waters or enter American waters. Guard also gets telephone call saying it's possible "Argo Merchant" grounded deliberately.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Person making call claims to be crew member of ship. Coast Guard has no evidence of intentional grounding. Cause for grounding is 1 of mysteries with regard to wreck. Officials asked if tanker met Coast Guard standards. [Rear Admiral William BENKERT - says vessel met pollution prevention regulations.] Senate Commerce Committee chairperson Warren Magnuson speaks to reporter Jerry Liddell in Seattle, WA; says Coast Guard hasn't been tough enough. [MAGNUSON - notes own previous criticism of Coast Guard.] Coast Guard doesn't plan to investigate "Argo Merchant"; Magnuson says he will.
REPORTER: Ford Rowan

(Studio) Coast Guard says inquiry with regard to intentional grounding of ship must be done by Liberia.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Hager, Robert;
McCarthy, Lee;
Rowan, Ford

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