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Oil Industry / Alaska Pipeline / BP #839510

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 08, 2006
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(Studio: Brian Williams) BP’s shutdown of the oil field leading to the Alaska pipeline introduced; gas prices cited.

(Los Angeles: George Lewis) The anxiety on the West coast, which is dependent on Alaskan crude oil, featured. [Consumer advocate Jamie COURT†- says this is devastating.] [2 Seattle DRIVERS, California driver Sally HIGGINS‡– worry about rising gas prices.] [Secretary of Energy Samuel BODMAN†- says a complete shutdown of the Prudhoe Bay system may not be necessary.] [Energy analyst David HACKETT†- doubts gas will rise to 4 dollars.] The pledges from Saudi Arabia & Mexico for extra supplies of oil noted.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Washington: Lisa Myers) The criminal investigation into whether BP deliberately neglected maintenance reviewed; photos shown of the BP oil spill last March; industry video of the “pigging” process shown. [Energy analyst Phil FLYNN†- says this was predictable & preventable.] [Oil workers’ advocate Chuck HAMEL††- recounts BP employees’ claims of cutbacks of corrosion inhibitors.] [Pipeline Safety Administration retired V/Adm. Thomas BARRETT†- says we expected a higher standard of care.]

Williams, Brian;
Lewis, George;
Myers, Lisa

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