NBC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 18, 1979
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REPORTER: John Chancellor
(No location given) Chgs. that small independent gasoline stations in California were driven out of business by big oil companies after last gas war in early `70s outlined; unexplained halt to grand jury investigation into pricing policies of oil companies that sane year reported Allegations against Justice Department by former prosecutor Patrick Nave outlined. [NAVE - comments.] Situation in 1977 involving Continental Oil Company and Justice Department detailed. [US attorney J.A. CANALES - says that by time he got case from Justice Department no one had done any work on it; explains.] Final results of case reported; conviction and minimal fine of then-vice chairperson Willard Burnap outlined. [BURNAP - comments.] Justice Department said refusing to discuss oil company investigations. [Antitrust division spokesperson John SHENEFIELD - defends his department by citing 1911 conviction.] Case Shenefield referred to said that of John D. Rockefeller and his Standard Oil trust; details given, films shown. [CANALES - comments on prognosis for convictions of large oil companies]
REPORTER: Brian Ross
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