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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta ______. FrWoy, April 14, WJ THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID 27 2 million minisub may go unused by government scientists Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA There's a good land growing) chance that Pisces IV, the million Van- couvcr-built research minisub which was supposed to ho sold lo Russia, wii! go unused by government marine scientists this summer. And a federal environment de- partment official said iiiis week he is "pretty sure" that Russian scientists will he unable to use the submersible this summer, despite official Canadian offers to lease Hie sub to Russia along with a Canadian pilot this year. The sale of Pisces IV to Hus- sla was blocked last December by the cabinet for "security rea- sons." Subsequently, the federal government purchased the sub from International Hydrodyn- amics Ltd. (Hyco) of Vancou- ver, the builder of the sophisti- cated, deep-diving craft. Hyco may end up leasing the mirdbiib bad. from the government for commercial work this summer. Dr. Robert Stewart, head of environment's west Pacific re- gion of the marine science branch, said in a telephone in- t e r v I e w that Pisces IV is "rretty much bare at the mo- ment." It is good for little more than making observations out of its special viewing porthole, he added. The sophisticated instrument package needed for any sub- stantial research will not be fully attached to the minisub by Hyco for perhaps as long as a year from now, he indicated. The instrumentation would have j been ready by now if the sale to the Russians had gone through, but the "urgency" to install tho equipment now that the govern- ment has purciiased 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 lo- cated yet on the west coast (where the sub will stay this j And there are still "severe problems with Russia" thai have to be resolved by cabinet, including the problem of pay- ments made to Hyco before the sale was blocked and the legal aspects of the contract that was cancelled, according to Dr. Stewart. The general uncertainty sur- rounding Pisces IV has left gov. eminent scientists unprepared to make any serious plans to use the sub this summer. Dr. Stewart added that Pisces IV cijukl he put to use with as little as .six weeks notice, once the many problems are rectified. The environment department, for example, is considering using the minisub to look at the effects of the dumping of copper tailings into Rupert Inlet by a mining company in B.C. Dr. Stewart has been person- involved in discussions with the Russians about the possibili- ty of leasing Pisces IV, And he said hs latest impression is that the Russians ore still interested (present, Pisces IV Is being user! and arc considering possible j Hyco in survey for B.C. joint undersea projects Canada using Pisces IV. The federal government's marine scientists were sched- uled to get a Pisces-type mini- uiil) this year for research. Pisces IV is it, despite the fact it can dive deeper than Can- adian scientists feel is neces- sary (6.000 feed and costs about three times what would have been spent. Dr. Stewart said lhat at Hydro. And it is likely Hyco will lease Pisces IV for its own use tliis summer. COW SHELTER In India, where cosvs are sa- cred to Hindus, a faci- lity is being constructed to shelter and feed old and dis- abled cows and bullocks, DIGESTIVES SAVE get acquainted with famous SAFEWAY MEATS STANDING RIB R0A SERVING SUGGESTION 1st 5 Ribs Prepared Oven Ready Canada Choice Canada Good Beef SAVE Campfire Side, m fhe piece Ib. BEST QUALITY GOLDEN YELLOW NAVEL ORANGES Sunkist Size 72's Full of sunshine flavour for .00 SAVE AT THESE PRICES THROUGH APRIL 15th WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES 1960, CANADA SAFEWAY WIW A V TOMATO HEINZ CANADA FANCY ;