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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 3, 1980, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Ettoona flRtrror VOL. 171 PHONE 444-7171 Altoona, Pa., Thursday Evening, Jan. 3, 1980 Founded June 13, 1874 20t a COPY Decontrol, OPEC Could Hike Fuel Costs 19 Cents a Gallon WASHINGTON (UPI) Home healing oil, diesel fuel and gasoline prices could Jump another 19 cents a gallon this year because of decontrol of domestic oil production and recent price hikes uy the Organization o( Petroleum Exporting Countries, a House energy task force reports. Sporadic gasoline lines also could reappear early this winter or by spring unless more gasoline Is produced and demand.remains down, the report said. But there will be no major oil shortage this winter even without direct imports from Iran if current world oil production levels continue, the report said. The task force, established by House Speaker Thomas O'Neill, said home heating oil and diesel fuel stocks are "in reasonable shape and the na- tion should not experience more than special localized problems." II noted billion in low-income fuel as- sistance "is in place." It said that in mid-December stocks were about 4 percent above last year's levels at 238 million barrels. "This winter's stocks should remain suffi- cient unless there is a severe Inlerrup- lion of oil supplies-to the world mar- it said. Although sharply higher in some areas, current home healing oil retail prices average 83 lo 86 cents a gallon and diesel fuel averages 99 cents a gallon, the report said. "Predictions are that OPEC price increases may push up distillate prices another 10 lo 13 cents by the end of the year, and that the gradual decontrol of U.S. oil may-add another 5 to 6 cents a Photo by Don Baker Conrall workers right a lank car bearing a toxic-fuel tddltlve after It derailed under (he 17th Street bridge Tank Car Put Back on Tracks Rail Disaster Averted By JEFF MONTGOMERY Stair Writer Three railroad cars, one loaded with gallons of poisonous teira-elhyl lead, left Conrail tracks at p.m. Wednesday and kept the center-city on edge for about hours. The third, final and most-dangerous car was returned to metal wheels about a.m. today beneath the Street bridge, where the derailed cars jumbled. A Conrail official said Ihis morning the cars would be handled according to directions received from their individ- ual owners. For reasons noi yet explained, Con- rail officials did not call in city firemen for nearly Iwo hours after the accident. When activity was at its peak, about 25 COnrail employees, three city fire companies, city police and government and service officials were involved "in safely and cleanup efforls, The incident saw the 17th Street bridge and 10th Avenue from 13th Slreel barricaded at Ihs request of city Fire Chief Leroy J. Ziegler. The Station Mall closed its doors earlier I ban its customary 9 p.m. after Chief Ziegler warned he may request the move suddenly if conditions war- ranted. Meanwhile, cily police moved all grocery shoppers oul of the AfcP store on their o.wn. initiative, not long aHer efforts began to remove Ihe first of the Ihree cars from a jumble directly beneath the bridge. According lo Edward Clancy, Con- rail Allegheny District assistant super- intendent, the three cars were part of a 134-car train with. Ions of goods bound from Pittsburgh (o Enola. The train had just crested a rise west of the cily and had discharged a "helper" engine that had boosted it up the grade when, for a reason not yet known, the 16tn car behind the rear- most engine partially left its tracks, (See RAIL DISASTER, Page 3) Waldheim Reports 'Progress' (he report said. Gasoline demand has been nearly 10 percent below a year ago, but refiners' stocks are so low "that there is at least a potential for a return of sporadic gasoline it said. In mid-December, gasoline stocks were at 221 million barrels, 2 percent less than the low level in December 1978, it said. "Unless more gasoline is produced, and demand stays down, gasoline lines remain a real the report said. TEHRAN, Iran (UPI) U.N. Secre- tary-General Kurt Waldheim, undaunted by a reported plot against his life, braved an angry demonstration by hundreds of chanting Iranians today to visit a ceme- tery containing graves of demonstrators killed by the shah's troops. The U.N. chief then met anew with Foreign Minister Sadegh Ghotbzadeh and reported "some progress" in his consulta- tions in behalf of the 50 Americans held hostage for the 61sl day. Earlier Waldheim flew by helicopter lo the Beheshte Zehre cemetery 10 miles away; A crowd of several hundred demon- strators gathered Inside the cemetery and chanted "Death lo Carter, Death lo the shah" as the helicopter landed. Security agents quickly whisked Waldheim Into a police car which drove the V-N- chief to a block of graves of demonstrators killed by the shah's troops In the struggle lo overthrow the former regime, Waldheim returned to his helicopter after brief survey of the burial pi gee and back to Tehran for talks with Gtmteadea. After the talks, he met at the former officers' club adjacent to the Foreign Military about 300 victims of re- ported uroclba by the shah's police. Nearly revolutionary guards carry- taj automatic weapoin gwded hto route. Waldbelm ma led onto a platform, a mu handed hini a 3-year-oM BMle   world peace and causing extreme ner- vousness on tbe iiurkei." a Zurich bullion dealer said.   

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