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Publication: Abilene Reporter News April 20, 1974

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 20, 1974, Abilene, Texas IIit Abilene "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YbUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron 673-4271    ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, APRIL 20. 1974—THIRTY-EIGHT PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS    /mriniid    Prmiff Langdon: Increase Oil and Gas Output There's an iris trail a-winding This dark red iris in the garden at McMurry College is and a display of paintings of Abilene’s city flower will be at * ^ *>er of Commerce through May 3. Related story is on Page 3-B. (Staff Photo by Don Blakley) lid *» ll id 111 mw feuiuvti at mvi'iunj wvAJlVfct la aim a utopia ¥ u one of many to be viewed by the public during Abilene’s Abilene Chamber^ Commerce through May 3. Related story is Festival, today through April 7. Eight Abilene gar- listing gardens ‘    “    “    —    .    -    _ dens and four area gardens will be open to the public By JIM CONLEY Reporter-News Staff Writer ODESSA—The Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission outlined a program here Friday which he said “we must do if we are to meet the nation’s energy demands bv 1985.” Jim C. Langdon, speaking to participants in the annual West Te.yas Chamber of Commerce meeting, said that first on the list is: increased domestic oil and gas production 37 per cent over current production. The Stephenville native prefaced his recommendations by noting that the counties included in the West Texas Chamber of Commerce fWTCC) 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 nation, he said that several goals are apparent, according to many forecasts, in order to meet U.S. energy requirements in the next IO years. Besides the increase in oil and gas production, he said the U.S. must: • Increase coal production 176 per cent. • Build eight shale oil plants with a capacity of 100.000 barrels daily. • Construct 436 n u c I e a r power plants with capacities of 1,000 megawatts each. • Construct 13 oil-from-coal plants, each with a capacity of 50.000 barrels per day and 30 gas-from-coal plants, each with a capacity of 250 million cubic feet daily. • Build IO geothermal plants, each with a capacity of 1.000 megawatts. After blasting government regulation of the petroleum industry, he said that “until Nov. 1,1973, when mandatory fuel allocation procedures went into effect, the phrase fill ’er up’ was common in America. “GASOLINE was still the biggest bargain in America — 92 octane mid-continent wholesale sold at 21 cents per gallon and crude oil at $5.25 per barrel sold at 12% cents per gallon. “Outside of just plain old tap water, gasoline and crude oil were the cheapest liquids being bought and sold in America.” Then Langdon drew surprised reactions from the crowd of about IOO persons when he repeated a list of liquids, prepared last month by Frank Ittner, longtime Midland geologist and oil operator. me list. included gallon prices of: IOO proof bourbon at $30, honey at $11 a gallon, baby lotion at $7.92, apple juice at $2.99, milk $1.65. tomato juice $1.28. bottled w ater 38 cents. Langdon challenged the audience to find anything besides water which sold at cheaper prices than gasoline. The commissioner said that • ill-conceived and poorly administered federal price con trols over natural gas have liven a major factor in restricting the development of new gas reserves. Recent relaxation of some of these price controls has resulted in imme diate stimultion of new drilling and exploration activities.” HE CALLED for le>s government regulation, saying the See LANGDON. Pg. I2A, Col. 5 Mahon Outlines Steps for 'Sane' Energy Policy By JIM CONLEY Reporter-News Staff Writer ODESSA—U.S. Rep. George Mahon, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. told West Texas Chamber of Commerce delegates that certain things must be done to have a reasonable and sane energy’ policy in the U.S. Speaking during the Thursday through Friday series of meetings of the WTCC, Mahon said that, “first, we must have a stable economic climate in terms of taxes, prices and regulatory policy. “Second, we must de-regu-late the wellhead price of natural gas.” Third, he advocated increas ing conservation efforts, and four, “increase our .search for new oil and gas reserves for the U.S.” HIS FIFTH recommendation was to develop policies that villi permit the construction of domestic refineries and support facilities. “Sixth,” said Mahon, ‘‘we must pursue the development of other forms of energy such as nuclear fusion, coal gasification and liquefaction and geothermal and solar and wind power. Mahon said that West Texas, as an area, is attracting much new’ industry for several reasons. “Partly it’s because of the excellent work of the various chambers of commerce and the West Texas Chamber and the efforts of individual businessmen, and the superb capability of . . .West Texas agri Candidates Agree 'Generally at S'water By DON FLORES and JIM HAGLUND 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 Rep. Elmer Martin of Colorado City and Abilene challengers M. Alton Staggs Jr. and O. Henry (Mike) Young, all Democrats agreed on almost every issue as they answered questions and talked at the meeting sponsored jointly by the Nolan County Farm Bureau and the Nolan County Young’ Farmers. DEMOCRATS Rep. Charles Linnell of Holliday and Ray Farabee of Wichita Falls and Republican Mrs. Mary Kirch-hoff of Plainview, all candidates for the state senate seat now held by Sen. Jack High- Barricaded Service Station Operator Wins Skirmish HOUSTON (AP) — An embattled service station operator who barricaded himself in his business trying to stop an oil company eviction won a brief reprieve Friday. Art Ballard, who leases a Mobil Oil Co. station, armed himself with a shotgun and locked the door of his station after Mobil got an eviction order from Justice of the Peace Hugo Touchy Thursday. Ballard said he was unable to put up the $20,000 cash bond necessary to stay the eviction notice pending a jury trial April 26. Ballard has a federal court suit against Mobil, asking the court to force Mobil to sell hun gasoline. He said he has not received any gas since March 18. When Constable Ralph Franz went .to the station Friday 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 Oil requested the constable hold up on the eviction and that’s what we’re going to do,” Franz’ wife said. A spokesman in Touches office also said Mobil called, requesting a delay in eviction until after the jury trial. A Mobil spokesman denied the company had requested an extension. “This is really a matter between Mr. Ballard and the court,” the spokesman said. “From Mobil’s standpoint, we certainly don’t want any physical confrontation which can injure anyone.” But tile spokesman added, “We haven’t set any time limit” on how long Ballard could stay in his station. Ballard leased what he called a money-losing operation four years ago and says he turned it into a winner. He said Mow wants him out because ope official says he doesn’t buy enough tires, batteries and accessories from Mobil and the station is dirty. Mobil says in its eviction suit the station doesn’t give top quality service and it has a right to cancel the lease. tower of Vernon, agreed on the need for local control in land use planning and a general shift in governmental control back tp the local city and , county level. Bat FhiheU and Farabee tangled near the end of the session on the type of representation offered by Finnell in his eight years in the Legislature. Farabee, speaking fir st, said it was not enough for a candidate to be against something. Rather, he said, the district needs, a person “who, can best do something about it, who can best stand up and articulate the problems facing the district.” He called for the district to be represented by someone who would get something done for the people who are “run over, over-regulated, taxed and over-taxed.” FINNELL responded to Far-abee’s charges by asking the 75 persons in attendance and others in a radio audience to check with the Holliday legislator’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 added. Ile said he wasn’t in Sweetwater to promise what he could do, but rather to offer a look at his record. Speaking of l.is 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 workhand I want to work for all 29 counties of the district.” Mrs. Kirchoff. who will face the winner of the Finnell-Far-abee primary tussle, said her main priorities were for an imported water system, a ru-ral industrial development program and a system of retraining Texas oil and gas in Texas. A member of the State Republican Executive Committee, she also stressed hter ret old of public sevice to Wee Texas on various boards :n past years. SPEAKING to the gatbei-ing in his opening statement, the 30-year-old Staggs said, ' District 61 needs a representative in the state house who will represent the people.. .speak up in their behalf.. .one who knows. un derstands and is concerned for the problems of the folks back home.” Commenting on his rural background to the predominately Nolan County audience, stages said. “My roots go deep into West Texa1'. soil and I know .something of the problems faced by West Texas ranchers and farmers.” culture.” Additionally responsible, said Mahon, is the proximity of West Texas to the real sources of energy—oil and gas. He noted that, overall, Texas produces 38 per cent of all domestic oil, and 38 per cont of all domestic natural gas West Texas produces 22.1 per cent of all oil in the nation and 16.5 per cern of all the natural gas. ACKNOWLEDGING the energy crisis, he said. “What we need is more energy., .at the lowest possible cost, but of course the cost musi be high enough to insure its discovery and production.” H o w e v e i', said .Mahon, “what w’p get instead of more energy is more proposals that 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 energy become available in quanti-ties sufficient to make a significant difference. “Hopefully by then coal gasification and liquefaction will be a commercial reality, as will oil from oil shale. “Nuclear energy by the 1980s should also lie making a growing contribution, as well as possibly geothermal and solar sources of energy,” he said. “BIT UNTIL then our only See MAHON. Pg. I2A. Col I Clyde Play Wins First ODESSA — Clyde High School s presentation of “Saint Joan” won first place Thursday in Class AA Region I University Interscholastic League one-act-play competition held here. Two members of that cist were named the top performers in the competition. Monee Set-zler was named best actor for his portrayal of Robert de Baud ri<oui t. the executioner, and Karen Long was named best actress for her role as Joan. Another member of the Clyde cast, Johnny Tucker, was named to the ail star cast for the competition. Denver City finished second in t h e one-act-play competition with “The hanks of Scapin” and Ozone was third with “The Banker's Dellima.” Inside Todoy Hearst Says SLA Notebook Proves Kidnaping Real I The father of Patricia Hearst says the reported discovery of on SLA notebook is "unquestionable proof" that his daughter was an innocent victim of a kidnaping plan bv the terrorist band, Pg. IB. The cost of living jumped 1.1 per cent in March, sending prices 10.2 per cent higher than a year earlier, the Labor Deportment reports. Pg 7C. Amusement!    10,11A ^Astrology    ...    10D Vida#.......  'OD Church News ......  4,71 Classified ........ I -TD Comics ............... I,ID Editorials ........... 4A Farm ................ |,9A Markets ............. 4,7C Obituaries ......... 2A,7D Oil ................. 6A Sports ............. I.SC Today in History........ II TV Loa ........... IU TV Scout . ....... i. 10A Women's News ...... 1 2,31 93RD YEAR, NO. 307 PHONE ;

  • Charles Linnell
  • Don Blakley
  • Don Flores
  • Elmer Martin
  • Frank Ittner
  • George Mahon
  • Jack High
  • Jim C. Langdon
  • Jim Conley
  • Jim Haglund
  • Johnny Tucker
  • Karen Long
  • M. Alton Staggs Jr.
  • Ralph Franz
  • Ray Farabee

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: April 20, 1974

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