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California / Offshore Drilling #71855

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 27, 1981
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(Studio) Federal judge reported temporarily blocking sale of offshore leases in California.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(N. California) Background to issue, involving dispute between oil companies and environmentalists with regard to offshore oil drilling in region discussed; massive oil spill several years ago recalled. Proposals of Interior Secretary James Watt, reversing Carter administration's decision, explained. [Western Oil and Gas Association spokesperson Arthur SPAULDING - rationalizes move on need for United States to become oil independent.] [Governor Jerry BROWN - calls it "utter nonsense"; mentions OPEC.] Opposition's criticism outlined on screen, discussed. [Conservationist Carol FULTON - doesn't think it's worth the risk to environment] Unity of usually hostile groups in opposition to oil companies cited. [Marine biologist Judd VANDEVERE - notes danger to nearly extinct sea otter.] [SPAULDING - dismisses fears of offshore oil spills.] [MAN - reads letter to Watt.] Watt's past remarks on issue recalled. [WATT - calls for inventory of land's resources.] Implications of today's legal ruling mentioned.
REPORTER: Ken Kashiwahara

(Studio) Further discussion on issue on tonight's "Nightline" announced.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

Kashiwahara, Ken;
Robinson, Max

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