Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Raymond ammonia plant decision delayed 2 months By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Alberta Ammonia Ltd. will not know whether it can proceed with the construction of its proposed multi million dollar fertilizer plant at Ray- mond until late October or early November, its president said Tuesday. In June, Duncan Sim said he expected to receive a decision from the provincial cabinet on supplying the proposed million ammonia plant within 60 days. The delay in the decision resulted from the provincial government's move to set up regulations for the establish- ment of ammonia plants in Alberta. The Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board, the energy controll- ing arm of the government, has received about 30 proposals for new ammonia plants and is now in the process of determining which proposals to accept. The government indicated this month a maximum of only eight plants is likely to be approved. Companies with ammonia plant proposals will make their final submissions to the energy board Sept. 30. Mr. Sirn speculates that the energy board will take about a month to select the suitable proposals following the Sept. 30 deadline. The two month delay in receiving a decision from government will just move Alberta Ammonia Ltd. plans back about two months, says Mr. Sim while asserting con- fidence his company's proposal will be one of the few approved by the energy board. If the company receives the green light for the Raymond project in October or early November, it will immediate- ly begin road and other ground level construction at the proposed 900 acre plant site. Much of the major equip- ment for the plant, such as reformers and high pressure vessels is now being manufac- tured. Mr. Sim says. Alberta Ammonia is proceeding with such prepara- tion because it believes it meets all the requirements of the energy board and the department of the environ- ment for the development of ammonia plants in the province. Last week. Agriculture Minister Hugh Horner told the annual meeting of the Cana- dian Fertilizer Institute in Jasper that firms wishing to establish nitrogen producing plants in Alberta would have to become involved in the ex- ploring for and developing new gas fields and meet Alberta and Canadian fer- tilizer needs first before ex- porting. Mr. Sim claimed in an inter- view from Calgary Tuesday that Alberta Ammonia owns two independent natural gas exploration companies who will develop new gas fields for its ammonia plant. Alberta Ammonia Ltd. is also "anxious to get all the fertilizer business that is available to it in Alberta and Canada." Mr. Sim doesn't believe serving the Canadian market first will create a conflict of interest with Farmland In- dustries, an American com- pany owned by Iowa farmer co operatives. Farmland Industries is to sponsor the construction of the Raymond plant even though Alberta Ammonia Ltd. will own and operate the facilities. He also doesn't expect to have any difficulty receiving approval from the Alberta department of environment to construct the plant. "As far as we know the plant now satisfies all the en- vironmental concerns of the department. The plan't effluent, Mr. Sim says, will be evaporated in an evaporation pond and the residue will be diluted again and used as fertilizer on the plant site. He claims noxious odours are not a factor because the ammonia plant only releases carbon dioxide. But, he adds, anybody with pollution concerns will have the opportunity to express them at an environmental department public hearing in Southern Alberta later this fall. The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 1974 15 CENTS 56 Pages Anthrax cases puzzle experts Driver prevention striking Montreal maintenance workers prevent buses from leaving garage. I HA INFLATION The state of being inflated; Inside Classified........28-33 Comics............38 Comment...........4 District............15 Family..........35.37 Local Sports...........23-26 Theatres..... 17 TV...............16 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT 50; HIGH THURS. 75; LITTLE WARMER. I Police riding Montreal buses MONTREAL (CP) A spokesman for the Montreal Urban Community Transit Commission (MUCTC) said buses were on the road early today following a disruption of service Tuesday by striking maintenance workers. "Plainclothes policemen will be riding on some buses and there are police guards at all eight commission garages, just in case." the spokesman said. RCMP man says phone call led him to explosion site MONTREAL (CP) RCMP Constable Robert Samson testified today that he went to suburban Town of Mount Royal last month in answer to a mysterious telephone call and was subse- quently injured in a bomb ex- plosion. The constable told Fire Commissioner Cyrille Delage he was at his suburban Verdun apartment about a.m. July 26 when he received the telephone call. "It was the voice of a young who said there was "something interesting" on Lazard St. in Town of Mount Royal, the constable testified. The constable told the fire commission inquiry he did not Arms sales PARIS (AP) President Valery Giscard d'Estaing plans to resume the sale of arms to Israel and other Mid- dle East countries, an official source said today. No Herald labor Day recognize the caller's voice but decided to follow up the tip because of the nature of his duties with the anti-terrorist squad of the RCMP. Such anonymous calls at odd hours were not unusual and he usually agreed to meet the person in question because "these are the type of people who could become good in- formers and help me with my job later on." After taking a taxi to Lazard, the constable said he walked around the block twice but could not find anybody. He went up the side footpath leading to the backyard of the corner house belonging to Melvyn Dobrin, president of Steinberg's Ltd. "The lighting was very bad because its a residential dis- trict, "he said. "I thought the guy I was supposed to meet might be sitting on the lawn. I looked on the lawn and saw a bag that appeared to be made of either leather or straw. "Because the voice on the phone was that of a young per- son. I imagined that the bag might contain narcotics. I bent down to pick up the bag. That's the only thing I remember. All of a sudden I was seeing stars. Meanwhile, an unnamed West German company is talking to the province about investing million to million in the petrochemical industry in Southern Alberta. But no decision on the proposal can be made until the KRCB recommendations on natural gas reserves are taken before cabinet. The Herald will not publish Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day. Display advertisers are reminded of the following ad deadlines: Ads to appear in The Herald Tuesday, Sept. 3 and Wednesday, Sept. 4 must be received before 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29. Ads for Thursday, Sept. 5 by Friday, Aug. 30, and for Friday, Sept. 6 by noon Tuesday, Sept. 3. Classified advertisements received by a.m. Satur- day, Aug. 31 will appear Tuesday. and (ward About town Four-year-old Clint Ander- son, Magrath, agreeing to trade his new baby brother for a kitten if "you show me the cat first" Norman Vosburgh claiming he can tell his twin sons apart quite easi- ly because Shawn's the one wearing, blue and Kevin's in brown. "Afterwards it was like a dream or worse than a dream. I had pain everywhere. I don't remember falling down but I remember getting up. Cominco dispute talks fail VICTORIA (CP) Per- sonal intervention by Labor Minister Bill King failed Tues- day to get Cominco Ltd. and the United Steelworkers of America union back to the bargaining table. A union spokesman said it killed any chance for a quick end to the eight week old strike against Cominco's min- ing and smelting operations at Trail, Kimberley and Salmo in the Kootenay region of British Columbia which has idled 800 employees. "This strike looks like she's going to be a long said Monty Alton, B.C. Yukon area supervisor for the Steelworkers union. Represen- tatives of the company were not available for comment. Called to Victoria by Mr. King along with half a dozen union representatives, the several Cominco executives left the minister's suite of of- fices in the legislature as the minister announced he has struck out. Mr. King told reporters in a brief news conference at his desk that the two sides to the dispute weren't flexible, and added that "the dispute falls bark, as it should, to the basic responsibility of the company and the union." "Things should go well, but judging by yesterday's events, I'd say the maintenance workers may go all have nothing to lose." Incidents Tuesday between striking garage and mainte- nance employees and on-the- job bus drivers resulted in the withdrawal of bus services. Traffic became knotted dur- ing the evening rush-hour, and hot, humid weather and an above average pollution level did little to alleviate the frus- trations of the one million commuters unable to use MUCTC services. Following confrontations Tuesday morning between bus drivers and members of the Montreal Transport Union, which represents the 1.600 striking garage and maintenance employees, the drivers refused to continue then routes and bus services were withdrawn. One driver received facial lacerations when struck by a hurled brick and some buses were rendered inoperative when their tires were deflated. Bus service today will only be from between a.m. and p.m., said an MUCTC spokesman. Buses normally run from a.m. until the early hours of the next day. By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor NANTON Eight cases of anthrax have been found on a Porcupine Hills ranch west of here, Elmer Young of Calgary, chief of the health of animals division, federal department of agriculture, said Tuesday. "We have the animals." he said. "Eight have been found to date." but only two have been confirmed." The anthrax report here follows the death of nine cat- tle in July and early August on the Roy Hamilton Tom Wigg ranch in the Big Stone area, 75 miles northeast of Brooks. Municipal and federal authorities have been working on the Smith Hay Hereford Ranch, 12 miles west of here, getting rid of the dead animals and vaccinating the rest against the disease. The Big Stone deaths took place in a region that fits the criterion for anthrax, hot, low-lying alkaline soils. But the Porcupine Hills deaths puzzle the veterinarians. "It is an area in which anthrax doesn't normally oc- said Dr. Young. "Nor- mally an anthrax area is associated with a low water area where temperature is hot. This is not absolute criterion. 'But these latest cases are right up on top of the Por- cupine Hills where cattle are feeding and drinking in moun- tain said Dr. Young. "It doesn't quite fit the normal picture." Dr. Young said it is unlikely the disease will occur in the same place the following year. It's appearance is sporadic. Veterinarians have been un- able to determine the cause of tne outbreak here, how the anthrax spores got into this region. He said his office is being flooded with telephone calls from people who suspect anthrax in their livestock. He emphasized that if an animal is ill over an extended period before it dies, the cause is not anthrax. Infection by anthrax, results in rapid death. Dr. Wayne Wickert of Brooks, resident federal health of animals veterinarian, who handled the outbreak on the Hamilton Wigg B Bar B ranch, is concerned about widespread public alarm about the dis- ease. He said anthrax is "not so dangerous because we have such good vaccines." He said that after three cows died of anthrax at Rainier about one year ago other animals were treated, areas were disinfected, dis- eased cattle buried, "and that put an end to it." Dr. Wickert said Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Wiggs will recieve federal government compensation for the nine dead cows based on points for age. conformation and usefulness. All cattle that are vac- cinated are quarantined for a 30-day period. They they are safe to go to market. There is no government compensation for fencing and general clean up operation. About 280 head of Bar B Bar cattle vaccinated Aug. 16 to 23 should be safe from the disease by Sept. 6. "It takes two weeks for them to build up immunity." said Mr. Hamilton. Strike will halt grain shipments CALGARY (CP) Spokesmen for Canada's two major railways and the Alberta Wheat Pool said today grain movements to the Pacific coast will stop within a few days because of a grow- ing shortage of boxcars. Earl Olson, spokesman for Canadian Pacific Railway, said cars are still being loaded at country elevators, even though all cars carrying grain are being held up at the Van- couver railway yard and on sidings in Alberta and British Columbia He said because the grain cars are being used to store wheat during the grain handlers dispute in Vancouver the number of cars available will decline rapidly. When all the available cars are filled, no more grain will be moved until the grain handlers dispute ends, he said. When railway companies stop loading cars, elevators will begin to bulge with grain, said a spokesman for the Alberta Pool, who added that Alberta elevators are about 78 per cent filled now. CP Rail operates about 2.000 boxcars for grain handling on its western service while Canadian National runs another 1.500, most of them to Vancouver Alex Rennie. spokesman for Canadian National in Edmon- ton, said more than 2.000 box- cars ot gram are parked at sidings between Saskatchewan and the Pacific Coast. He said a few CNR trains are moving to Prince Rupert, which is still open, but that most traffic has halted entirely. Turkey rejects Soviet proposal The ASSOCIATED PRESS Turkey has rejected the So- viet proposal for an 18-nation conference of the future of Cyprus. Meanwhile, the Greek- Cypriot government asked for a United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss the r-li-'ht of the Greek- Cypriots reported driven from their homes by the conquest of the northern third of the island. Foreign Minister Turan Gunes told the Soviet am- bassador to Turkey that the proposed would include the 15 members of the Security Council phis Greece. Turkey and set a precedent for unwarranted Security Council interference. It also might prolong negotiations, Gunes said. Gunes reiterated his government's position that the future of Cyprus must be decided in negotiations between the Greek-and Turkish-Cypriot communities along with Turkey, Greece and Britain, the guarantors of Cypriot independence under the Island's I960 inde- pendence treaty. In Washington. Turkish Am- bassador Nuri Eren accused Moscow of trying to prevent a solution to the Cyprus problem and create chaos in Greece. He said that Greece also does not like the Soviet proposal, although the Greek government has accepted it formally. Yurko slams poor organization at world population conference BUCHAREST (CP) Environment Minister William Yurko of Alberta, a member of the Canadian delegation to the world population conference here, today attacked what he called the inadequate organization of Canada's participation in the meeting. "I came prepared to participate ac- tively." Yurko said. "I find myself in a position where it has not been possible to participate actively." He said that he and other officials from various provinces were not given the opportunity to take part in organiz- ing Canadian participation in the conference. "From a ministerial point of view, I wasn't accorded the usual con- siderations given any minister of Her Majesty's Yurko told reporters. "From a personal point of view, I shall think hard before I attend another federal international conference." The Alberta minister complained that he wasn't told about Canada's conference policies until the opening statement here last week by Jeanne Sauve, now the federal environment minister and originally in charge of the Canadian delegation to the Bucharest meeting. Mrs. Sauve left Bucharest on vaca- tion during the first week of the two- week conference. The Albertan said he feels "very un- comfortable" at a meeting conducted entirely by civil servants. He felt the provinces could have been given a much more important role by Ottawa at the conference. "We can only learn when we are in the eye of the Yurko said. He said the federal government "had indicated to Alberta that this would be a highly political conference and the delegation should be chosen ac- cordingly." He said that he will be giving some thought to the question of Albertan par- ticipation in the autumn United Nations conference in Rome on the world food situation. Similar dissatisfaction with the organization of Canada's delegation here was reported from a Quebec civil servant who is also a member of the Canadian team. In an earlier statement issued here about the composition of the Canadian delegation since Mrs. Sauve's depar- ture. Progressive Conservative MP Douglas Roche of Edmonton- Strathcona said he and many other conference observers from Canada are shocked at this bureaucratic takeover. "At Bucharest our words are am- bivalent, our actions confused and our leadership gravely said Roche who has been attending the conference as a private observer.