NBC Evening News for Sunday, May 17, 1981
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(Studio) Interior Secretary James Watt's belief that local residents should decide fate of public land, in interview in "US News and World Report", outlined.
REPORTER: Jane Pauley
(Missoula, MT) Watt when representative Mountain State Legal Fndn., recalled appealing decision of United States Forest Service director Tom Coston with regard to Consolidated GOX Geophysics' request to dynamite sections of Bob Marshall Wilderness in 1979; background to case outlined. Films shown, courtesy United States Forest Service and KOA-TV. [Mtn. States Legal Fndn. spokesperson Kea BARDEEN - comments.] campaign. against company's oil exploration in region noted. [COSTON - reaffirms his decision.] Rocky Mtn. Oil and Gas Association's interest in situation cited; probability of Reagan administration opening area for oil and gas prospecting mentioned.
REPORTER: Don Oliver (KECI-TV tape)