NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 31, 1983
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(Studio) Coal deal in Wyoming recalled centerpiece of Interior Secretary James Watt's plan to sell government-owned mineral rights.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Cheyenne, Wyoming) Extent of government coal reserve in Wyoming's Powder River Basin described; concern that companies purchasing mining rights had drilled illegal test holes in region, giving them advance information on which to base bids, examined. Interior Department employees said aware of such action by some companies [Mining company owner Mike ELMORE - acknowledges drilling test holes.] Interior Department noted withholding Elmore's information turned over to them from other companies bidding on coal. [Bureau of Land Mgt. spokesperson Max LIEURANCE - doesn't know how or why situation arose.] Possible consequences for companies drilling test holes outlined.
REPORTER: Mark Nykanen