Abilene Reporter News, April 20, 1974

Abilene Reporter News

April 20, 1974

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 20, 1974, Abilene, Texas 93JRD YEAR, NO. 307 PHONE 6734271 "WITHOUrOR WITH OFFENSE TO'FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH'YOUR'WORLD EXACTLY AS IT SATURDAY MORNING, APRIL PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS" Associated Langdon: Increase Oil and Gas Output There's on Ins trail o-wmdmg By JIM CONLEV- Reporter-Ntws Staff Writer ODESSA-The Chairman ol the Texas-Railroad Commis- sion outlined a program here Friday which he said "we must do if arc la meet the' nation's energy demands bv 1885." Jim C. Langdoji; speaking to participants in the annual West -TeAas-Chamber of Com- merce'meeling, said that first on the list is: increased domes- tic 'oil and gas production 37 per cent'aver current produc- tion. The Steptenville native pre- faced his recommendations by noting that the counties includ- ed in the West Texas Chamber of Commerce (WTCC) area produce "more than 2 million barrels of oil per day which is 62.8 per cent of the total production of the state." AFTER establishing the area's importance to the na- tion; he said that several goals are apparent, according to many forecasts, in order to meet U.S. energy require- ments in the next 10 years., the increase in oil and gas production', he said the U.S.- Increase coal production 176 per cent. Build- eight shale oil plants with a capacity of barrels daiiy. .Construct 436 n u c1 e a r power plants with capacities megawatts each. Construct 13 oil-frohi .coal each-with a capacity of. barrels: per .day and 30 gjjs-from-coal plan'ts, each win. a capacity of 250 million cubic feet daily. Build "19 geothermal plants, each with a capacity of megawatts. After blasting government regulation-of the petroleum in- dustry, he said that "until Nov. when mandatory fuel allocation, procedures ttent into effecl, the phrase fill 'er up' was common in America, "GASOLINE was still the biggest bargain in America 92 octane mid-continent whole- sale sold at 21 cents per gallon and crude oil at ?5.25 per bar- rel sold al cents per gal- lon. "Outside of just plain eld tap water, gasoline and crude oil were the cheapest liquids being bought and sold in America.1' Then Langdon drew sur- prised reactions from the crowd of about 100 persons when be repeated a list of liq- uids, prepared, last month by Frank Ittner, longtime Mid- land geologist and oil opera- tor. The list, included gallon prices of: 100 proof bourbon at honey at a gallon, baby lotion at apple juice at milfe to- mato juice twilled water 38 cents. Langdon challenged the au: dicnce.to find anything be- sides water which sold at cheaper prices than gasoline. The commissioner said Ilia I "ill-conceived and poorly ad- ministered federal price con- trols over natural gas have been a major factor in re- stricting (lie development new gas'reserves. Decent re- laxation of some of these price controls has resulted in imme- diate stimultion of new drill- ing and exploration activi- ties." IfE CALLED for less gov- ernment regulation, saying the .See LAN'GDO.V, Pg. 12A, Col. 5 Mahon Outlines Steps for "Sane' Energy By JIM CONLEV Reporter-News Staff Writer ObESSA-U.s: Rep. George Mahon, chairman or the House Appropriations Commillec, fold'West Texas Chamber'of Commerce delegates that cer- tain things must be done to have a reasonable and sane-en- ergy policy in lite U.S. .Speaking during the Thurs- day through Friday series of meetings of said thai, "fiist, we must have a stable economic climate in terms of taxes, prices and reg- ulatory policy.. "Second, we must de-rcgu- lalc the wellhead price of nat- ural gas." Third, he advocated increas- ing conservation efforts, and four, "increase our search for new oil and gas reserves for [he U.S." HIS FIFTH recommendation was to 'develop policies that will permit the construction of domestic refineries and sup- port facilities. said Jlalmn, "we must pursue the development of other forms of energy such as nuciear fusion, coal gasifi- cation and liquefaction and geotherma! and solar and wind power. Mahon said that.West Tex- as, as an area, is attracting much new industry for several reasons. "Partly it's because of the excellent work of tile various chambers of commerce and the West Texas Chamber and the efforts of individual busi- nessmen, and the superb capa- bility of .West Texas agri- By DON FLORES and JIM HAGI.UND Reporter-News Staff Writers SWEETWATER-There was a general commonality of ideas as candidates for Stale Senate, District 30, and House of Representatives, District 61, took their cases to the people in a public forum here Friday. House candidates incumbent. Elmer. Martin of .Colora- do City and Abilene.challehg- ers M. Alton Staggs.Jr.'a'nd 0.' Henri' (Mike) Young, all Dem-. pcrats agreed on almost every issue as they, answered :que's.- tions.and talked at the'meet- ing sponsored J ointly :by. the Nolan County Farm and the County Yoiing .r DEMOCRATS Rep. Charles Holliday and Ttav Farabee of Wichita' Falls an'd Republican Mrs. fcr'ary Kirch- h6ff of ,Ptainvjew, isll dates .for the stale senate seat by Sen.- Jack High- Barricaded Service Station Operator HOUSTON (AP) An em- battled service station opera- tor who barricaded himself in his business trying to slop an oil company eviction won a brief reprieve Friday. Art Ballard, who leases a Jlobil Oil Co. station, aimed himself with a shotgun and locked ttie door of his-station after Mobil got an eviction or- der from Justice of the Peace Hugo Touchy Thursday. Ballard said he was unable "to put up the cash bond necessary to stay the eviction ..'notice pending a jury trial April 26. I'-. Ballard has a federal court suit against Mobil, asking the .court to force Mobil to sell y him gasoline. He said he has not received any March'18. When'Const .Franz went .to the station day to evict Ballard, he found the service station operator with shotgun in hand. After a brief confrontation', Franz left and got in touch with the oil company. "Mobil requested the constable hold up on the evic-' lion and that's what' we're going to Franz' wife said. A spokesman in Touchy's of- fice Mobil catled, re- questing a .delay jn eviction until after the jury trial; .A Mobil spokesman denied Hie company liad reqiiested an extension, "This is really a mailer between Mr. and the the spokesman said. "From Jllobil's stand- certainly don't want any physical confrontation whicli can injure anyone.'" But the spokesman added, "AVe haven't set any time lini- itw.on how long Ballard could' stay in his station! Ballard' leased what he opera- tion .four; years ago and says he hn-MjMt into a winner. He said MoW'wants him out be- official says he (foeslrt iwy'enough tires, bat- 'lenes aind accessories from iloWl and the station is dirty. says in-its eviction suit' the doesni give top quality service and it has .t a right to cancel the lease. I Veraon-. agreed' on the .need for .local control in 1 land use planning and a geheiv :al sfift in governmental con- l.ro) back Jocal.cily ahd county level. 'Bnf Finneli 'and''Farabee tan'glcd lie'av'-lhe-enil of the session ;on the of repre- sentation .offered by Finneli in his in Legisla- Farabee, speaking first, said .it was not enough candi- date to. be a'gainst spintthing. Rather; he district .needs.a person 'iwho'.can best do something about it, wiio stand ,up and.articu- late the problems facing the district." v He called fdr'the 'district to be represented by someone who would get something done for the "people who are "inn over, over-regulated, taxed and over-taxed." FJNNEU, responded to Far- aloe's charges by asking (he f5 persons in attendance'and others in a radio audience to check with the HollMay legis- lator's constituents in-.the eight counties he has served during his tenure in the House. He said he wasn't thinking economy, but rather had helped practice it during the last session of the Legislature when no new taxes were add- ed, He said he wasn't, in Sweelwaler to promise what he could do, but rather to of- fer a look at his record. Speaking of Us constituents, he said, "I've made them a hand, I'll make you a hand. I've been there in Austin when the heat was on and the chips were down, i am a worker and I want to work for all 23 counties of the district." Mrs, Kirchoff, who will lace the winner of Ihe Finnell-Far- abee primary lussle, said her mam priorities were for an imported water system, a ru- ral industrial development program and a system of re- training Texas oil and gas in I CX3S, A member of the Slate FJc- puolican Executive Commit- tee, she also stressed hler rec- 'water ord of public sevice to West Texas on various boards in past years. SPEAKING to the gainer- in his opening statement, tiie 30-year-old Slaggs saitJ, "District 61 needs a represent- .ativc in the stale house who will represent the people.. .speak up jn ihejr behalf.. .one who knows, un- derstands and is concerned for the problems of the folks back home." Commenting on his nival background to the predomi- nately iVolan County audience slagss said, "Mv roots into Wtel Texas soil and Know something of the prob- lems faced by West Texas ranchers and farmers." culture." Additionally responsible, said llaliori, is Uie proximity of West Texas to the real sources of and gas. He noted that, overall, Tex- as produces 38 per cent of all domestic oil, and 3S per. cent of all domestic natural gas. West per' cent of all oil in the nalion and' 16.5 per cent of all the natural gas. ACKNOWLEDGING the en- crisis, he said. "What we need is more energy. .a! the lowest-possible'cost, but of course the cost must be enough to insure its discovery and production." However, said Mahon, we get instead of more energy is more proposals thai can only lessen our chances of producing more domestic oil and gas." Looking at the options in the matter, 'Mahon said it won't be until sometime in the mid 1980s that new sources of ener- gy become available in quanti- ties sufficient to make a sig- nificant difference. "Hopefully by then coal gas- ification and liquefaction will be a commercial'reality, as will oil .from oil shale. "Nuclear energy by (he 1950s should also be making a growing contribution, as well as possibly geothermal and so- lar sources of energy he said. "BUT U'XTII, then our only SfC MAliOX, fg. UA. cot. 5 Clyde PlaT Wins First ODESSA Clyde High School's presentation of "Saht Joan" first place Thursday in.Class AA Region 1 University JnterschoIaMic League anc-acf- play competition held here. Two members of lliat fast were rramed the lop pertornisrs in the competition. Montie Sd- zler was named best actor for his portrayal of Robert de Baud- ricoiirl. Hie executioner, and Karen Long was named best ac- tress for her rote as Joan. Another member of the Clyde cast, Johnny Tucker, was named to the all star cast fw llie competition. Denver City finished second in t h e one-ac't-play competition wiiii "The Pranks of Scapin" and Ozone was third with "The Banker's Dellima." Hearst Says SU Inside Today The fofher of Patricia Hearst says the reported discovery of an SLA. notebook is "unquestion- able proof" 'that his daughter was inno- cent victim of a kidnap- ing plan by the terrorist band, Pg. IB. Church Newt Notebook Proyes Kidnaping Real The cosl of living Jumped 1-1 per cent in March, sending prices 10.2 per cent higher than a year earlier, the Labor De- portment reports. Pg. 7C. 471 Comics Editorial) farm Today in History TV U, TV 4A It ;