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Natural Gas / Price Controls / Texas Town Supply Cut #50450

ABC Evening News for Friday, Sep 23, 1977
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(Studio) Admin. tries to work out compromise on natural gas price control issue, defeated in Senate on Thursday Details noted. Natural gas supply in Crystal City, Texas, is completely cut off.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Crystal City, Texas) Crystal City, Texas, owes Lo-Vaca Gathering Company, of Houston, for 3 years supply of gas. City says residents too poor to pay intrastate rates. [City cnclman. Rudi ESPINOSA - notes 67% of residents are below poverty level and can't pay for gas. Says city doesn't have money to pay bill.] City fought through 6 courts before losing case; many users were hoping for another delay, and haven't converted to other fuels. [MAN - will see what happens and will use hotplate for while.] [WOMAN - says it's no problem, they won't pay any more gas bills.] Woman says she'll cook with wood outside. [2nd MAN - will go to Mexico.] City must pay bill, says it can't, so may be without gas for long time.
REPORTER: Charles Murphy

Murphy, Charles;
Reasoner, Harry

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