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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETH0RIDQE HERALD Tuesday, April 2, 1974 Farmers, conservationists fussing over Suffield military operations By. JOSEPH MA SUFFIELD (CP) The Suffield army experimental range is a desolate area of southeastern Alberta semi desert that on the surface hardly seems worth fighting about But below the surface of the square mile range is estimated four trillion cubic feet in natural gas reserves. The presence of the gas has been known since the first well in Alberta was drilled at Alderson, 35 miles northwest of Medicine Hat, in 1883. But the Suffield block was left largely untouched because of questionable ownership and because prices made large-scale development of the densely packed, slow flowing gas formations unattractive. But the energy crisis has changed the gas equation and the Alberta government, which owns the mineral rights, and the federal government, which the surface rights, are attempting to settle the SUPPLIES LTD. Warner, Alberta Sales 642-3944 Springtime Field-Ready SPECIALS A.C.-XT 190 cab. completB overhaul 1 3-J.D. -2 with cab 1 J.D. 720 good 1 97 Cabs and ready to go: M.H. good 1 M.H. 97 -very good COCkshutt 1850 -overhauled f ord PEL Case 930 1 D2 Cat series wide shape i-----------New and Used----------, GM CARS and TRUCKS ton G.M.C. ton Ford 1971 ton G.M.C. N61 Thermodyne Mack Cab over wheel SNOWMOBILES 1972-640 769.50 Nordic..... 759.50 1970-399 Nordic..... 399.00 Snowcruiser 299.00 1970-634 Scorpion 349.00 1970-634SnoJet 329.00 ownership question. Medicine Hat wants the Suffield gas for its developing petrochemical industry. Alderman Ted Grimm, chairman of city council's utilities committee, said the city is negotiating with the provincial government about purchasing Suffield gas. Drilling on the Suffield range is already in progress but a full-scale search for gas will have to wait until Alberta and Ottawa settle the ownership issue. There is also the problem of what to do about British North Atlantic Treaty Organization troops that have been conducting exercises on the military range since 1972. Farmers and conservationists say heavy military vehicles are tearing up the terrain and that artillery is starting grass fires that drive wildlife away Another concern is for archeological treasures left behind by generations of plains Indians. Alphy Johnson, a farmer at Schular near the eastern boundary of the range, led a 13-man delegation to the Alberta legislature last June which asked that Suffield be returned to agricultural use before military activity did "irreparable Mr. Johnson said since the meeting the situation at Suffield has improved and "the military people seem to be making more effort to extinguish fires." The Canadian Defence Research establishment has been conducting experiments in chemical and biologiological warfare at Suffield since the Second World War and has 700 tons of deadly mustard gas in storage. Clay Iverson, director of the research establishment, said a test for the safe destruction of the mustard gas has been completed and destruction will begin shortly. The Medicine Hat Chamber of Commerce and elected officials say the federal government should honor its 10-year agreement with Britain to allow British troops to use Suffield for military exercises. Bill Wyse, MLA for Medicine Hat Redcliffe, says the British government is spending million a year to bring troops to Suffield and most of the money is going into the Medicine Hat area economy. "I think we should let the British troops continue their presence in the Suffield area But Fred Mandeville, MLA for the Bow Valley constituency, which encompasses the Suffield block, says the military activity "does not need all that space." "Suffield could also be used for research, agriculture, ranching and parks, and we should not be in a hurry to develop the Suffield gas field. We have enough energy and we should conserve the Suffield gas for future generations. Worth fighting for? British troops unloading equipment. Canadian Genetics (teth.) Ltd. In custom collection and distribution. Semen avail- able from any bull of any breed. Full line of A.I. equipment at prices everyone can afford. PINZGAUER Calving Data Number of calves: 270 Llvt at birth: 98.9 Born unassisted: 97.9 Males 83, 72 Tyrol to HI eMy cafe- Ing Ml hta progeny art and rapidly growing. 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