ABC Evening News for Monday, Jan 22, 1979
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(Studio) Apparent emergence of scandal with regard to nation's energy resources noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(Studio) Scandal reported to cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(No location given) Report deals with exclusive information learned with regard to theft of coal from fed.-owned lands. Extent of problem, projected by Bureau of Land Mgt. after study of situation in north Alabama, described. Secret briefing given Bureau director West Frank Gregg in June, 1978, detailed. Environment effects noted as part of problem. [Trespass investigator Jerry McINTYRE - estimates amount of land and coal involved.] Govt. action against Invesco International Corporation in one Alabama trespass case reported; details about case given, incl. ownership of land surface by farmer A.C. Sims and government's ownership of mineral rights. [Invesco president Gordon SUGARMAN - comments. Says Sims rep. self as owning mining rights to property.] [SIMS - denies claiming mining rights.] [SUGARMAN - didn't search land title.] Former Invesco employee Steve Hinkle said to have done title search. [HINKLE - has no doubt Invesco knew it was mining federal minerals. States reasons for not informing authorities about situation.] Info. requests made of county tax assessor A.A. Nichols in Fayette, Alabama, given. [NICHOLS - gives information on Sims' land in Berry, Alabama.] Quote from report of chief of division of resources to director of E. states office of Bureau of Land Mgt. given; transcribed on screen. Info. learned about extent of coal trespass problem in West states cited. Atlanta mentioned.
REPORTER: Geraldo Rivera