NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 21, 1976
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(Studio) Problems develop in destination of oil from Alaska pipeline. "New York Times" reports California doesn't want tankers unloading at its ports and federal energy official says some oil may go to Japan till way found to East and Midwest. Questions come up at joint hearing in Congress today.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Soon California oil reserve will be open and producing more oil; because of slowdown in demand when prices went up and West Coast oil production, there will be oil surplus there. [Senator Adlai STEVENSON - says after spending time and money on system, American may be able to consume less than 1/2 of Alaska oil.] Least costly way to get oil from Alaska to Midwest and East coast is by tanker from Valdez, AK, to Long Beach, California, and build new pipeline to Texas. California officials have environmental objections to plan and authority to stop it. Other plans: via Washington pipeline to Midwest; shipping through Panama Canal; or shipping oil to Japan to sell or exchange for Middle East oil delivered to United States E. coast.
REPORTER: Sam Eicher
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