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Oil Industry / Safety / Offshore Wells #493498

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 10, 1977
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(Studio) Congress hears testimony with regard to trouble ahead for offshore oil drilling and spills.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Congmen. supporting tougher regulation of offshore drilling are using North Sea blowout in arguments. Hero of blowout was Red Adair, whom committee calls to testify. Adair says testifying different from capping wells. [ADAIR - never thought he'd be in place like this.] Troubleshooter says main problem with blowouts is people. [ADAIR - cites human error as cause of most blowouts rather than safety equipment problems.] Adair tells committee oil companies have been slow in taking advice with regard to safety training. [ADAIR - notes companies only want him when there's trouble.] Committee chairperson John Murphy says this indicates need for stricter regulation, but Adair says he doesn't want it. [ADAIR - relates story of inexperienced man telling him how to operate.] Adair says answer is better training.
REPORTER: John Cochran

Chancellor, John;
Cochran, John

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