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Energy Department / Emergency Gasoline Allocations Probe #54499

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 29, 1978
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(Studio) Energy Department appointee Omi Walden's testimony to Senator Energy Committee with regard to Billy Carter's final allocation of gasoline for service station in Plains, Georgia, detailed. Probe of reasons for Billy Carter's need for emergency allocation reported.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) Background of case given, involving gasoline allocated for emergency and hardship cases in Georgia during 1973 Arab oil embargo. Those involved include Lewis Spruill, Ms. Walden and Federal Energy Agency assistant general cnsl. Douglas Robinson; connection with case of President Carter, then governor of Georgia, and Billy Carter, who owns gas station in Plains and got gasoline allegedly designated for emergency use, described. [Billy CARTER - denies he got emergency gasoline, because didn't need emergency supply. Doesn't know if it came from emergency supply. Says this happened when bro. was governor, and that understanding is he's still getting emergency allocations. Says then-Governor Carter knew nothing of situation.] Justice Department probe of situation noted.
REPORTER: Bill Zimmerman

(Studio) Ms. Walden's testimony to Senate Committee further reported Upcoming committee vote on her appointed, after July 4th holiday, noted.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Donaldson, Sam;
Zimmerman, Bill

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