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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, April 14, W2 THE lETHBRIDGE HERAID 27 million minisub may go unused by government scientists Herald Ollawn Bin-ran OTTAWA There's a good land growing) chance lhat Pisces IV, the 52 million Van-couvcr-buill research minisub which was supposed to lie sold lo Russia, will go unused by government marine scientists this summer. Awl a federal environment department official said iiiis week he is "prcltv sure" that Russian scientists will be unable lo use the submersible this summer, despite official Canadian lease the sub to Russia aloiuj with a Canadian pilot this year. The sale of Pisces IV to Uus-sla was blocked last December by tile cabinet for "security reasons." Subsequently, the federal government purchased the sub from International Hydrodynamics Ltd. (Ilyco) of Vancouver, the builder of the sophisticated, deep-diving craft. Hyco may end up leasing the minisub bad. from the government for commercial work Ihls summer. Dr. Robert Stewart, head west Pacific region of the marine science branch, said in a telephone in-tcrvlew that Pisces IV is "P'elty much hare at the moment." It is good for little more than making observations out o[ its special viewing porthole, he added. The sophisticated instrument package needed for any substantial research Mill not lie fully attached to the minisub by Ilyco for perhaps as long as a year from now. he instrumentation would have been ready by now if the sale to the Ilussians had gone through, but the "urgency" to install Iho equipment now that the government has purchased the minisub is "considerably he said. To add to the problems, a suitable mother ship to allow Pisces IV to operate on the open sea and to dive to its lower limit of feet has not been located yet on the west coast (where the sub mil stay this there are still "severe problems with Russia" that have to be by cabinet, Including the problem of payments made to Ilyco before Ihs sale was blocked and the legal aspects of the contract lhat was cancelled, according to Dr. Stewart The general uncertainty surrounding Pisces IV has left gov' eminent scientists unprepared lo make any serious plans lo use the sub this summer. added that Pisces IV cuukl be put lo use with as little ns .six weeks notice, once ihc many problems are rectified. The environment department, lor example, is considering using the minisub lo look at the eltccls of the dumping of copper tailings inlo Uupert Inlet by a mining company in B.C. Dr. Stewart has been person-any involved in discussions with Ihe Russians about the possibility of leasing Pisces IV. And he said hs latest impression is Russians are still interested and ari? considering possible joint undersea projects with Canada using Pisces IV. The federal government's marine scientists were scheduled to get a Pisce.s-lypc minl-tiub this year for research. Pisces IV is it. despite Ihe fact it can dive deeper Uian Canadian scientists feel is necessary (0.000 fed) and costs about three times what would have been spent. Dr. Stewart said lhat Pisces IV K being user! by Ilyco in a survey (or B.C. Hydro. Ami It is likely Ilyco will lease Pisces IV (or its own use this summer. SHELTER In India, where cosvs rfa-crcd to Hindus, a facility is being constructed to sheKcr and feed old and disabled cows and bullocks, j, DIGESTIVES BUSY BAKER BISCUITS I 1 16 or. net wt. pkg. 2'- 99' SAVE get acquainted with famous SAFEWAY MEATS STANDING RIB ROAS' SERVING SUGGESTION 1st 5 Ribs Prepared Oven Ready Canada Choice Canada Good Beef SAVE Camplira Side, in Ihe piece Ib. BEST QUALITY GOLDEN YELLOW NAVEL ORANGES Sunkisl Site 72's Full of sunshine flavour for .00 SAVE AT THESE PRICES THROUGH APRIL 15th WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES SAFEWAYi COPYRIGHT 1960, CANADA SAFEWAY UMJJW A V i ROVER CAT OR DOG 15 oz. net wt. tin ;