NBC Evening News for Friday, Jul 17, 1981
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(Studio) California recalled suing to stop federal government's effort to offer oil leases in region.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Los Angeles, California) Amt. bid by oil companies last May for exploration rights in California's Santa Maria basin and Governor Jerry Brown's opposition due to threat posed to whale migration routes recalled. Court hearing on issue today examined; arguments presented by both sides outlined. Decision said expected by end of month; Interior Secretary James Watt reported informing Brown of his decision to allow offshore drilling in 4 other areas off California coast. Details outlined on screen. Reaction of state Republican chairperson Tirso del Junco quoted on screen. [WATT - says decision has not yet been made.] White House reported taking decision away from Watt; details given.
REPORTER: Don Oliver