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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta August 1S73 THE LETHBKlUUfc HtHAJbU Jl Tanker unloads safely others dump intentionally into ocean Tanker pipeline spills 'avoidable' By DAVID HOLMSTROM Christian Science Monitor SAN FRANCISCO If the Alaska oil pipeline becomes a realify. the west coasts of Canada and the United States will be faced with increased traffic of ships with reputations as boys of the oil tankers. The Alaska pipeline will mean that approximately 35 oil tankers between and tons each will make the sea voyage from Valdez in Alaska to the Pacific coast ports of Pugel Sound. San and Los Angeles. Although the federal government will be intimately involved in the design and regulation of the tankers to maximize safety and minimize oil there is no absolute assurance against oil spills or accidents along the way or in ports of the pipeline could begin as early as according to an Interior Department and will require years. The U.S. Senate has voted to clear the legal tangle blocking construction of the pipeline. The House still must act on the legislation Rogers C. B. Morton. Secretary of the has marine-tanker leg the involves some risks of oil spills at sea. But these risks are and I will impose stipulations that will control SPILLS Critics charge that the size of the tankers alone increases the likelihood of oil spills and accidents. The slopping dis- tance for a 200.000-ton.' super- is approximately 2'a the process takes 21 minutes. But Alaska tankers probably will not be lhat large. Atlantic Richfield says its largest Alaska tanker will be 120.000 loins a capacity of barrels of oil An official of another oil company sees a safety advan- tage to large tankers. tanker will move an equivalent amount of oil of 20 conventional he that you are reduc- ing the number of vessels on the seas by building ships of this size.1' According to Dr. John C. Whitaker. undersecretary or. the supertankers will not be used for Alaska oil transport. traffic resulting from TAPS Alaska he displace tanker traffic into Pacific-coast ports which would otherwise be bringing in foreign oil. TAPS lankor trallic simply will supplant and supplement a far less foreign-import tanker traf- lic He said that TAPS once the pipeline is at full would arrive at Puget Sound at the rate of one every three and at Los Angeles and San Francisco at the rate of five tankers every four days Tankers get image more at the hands of foreign ships than at the hands ol American-made vessels and American marine despite dramatic oil spills in U.S waterways. Seaborne oil transport has multiplied over the last three decades and presently constitutes more than 60 per cent of the world's ocean commerce. Only about 10 per cent of the world's tankers operate under American regislry DUMPING Because of this the amount of intentional oil pollution by tankers known as is done by foreign vessels American tankers have adopted procedures which retain ballast wastes aboard ship. one scientist says the amount of ntional oil dumping in oceans amounts to three million Ions annually and there are no regulations to prevent any ship from dump- ing in international waters. Early this year the U S. Coast Guard established rigorous precautions against oil spills by tankers. New tankers must have double- bottom no discharging of oil is and there must be extensive navigation safety systems. In a new monitoring system by the Coast Guard has been im- plemented Despite these new regulations and improved design of the Seattle Marine Systems Centre near Puget Sound has predicted that two to four major oil spills will occur within the nexi decade in Puget Sound if tanker traffic increases sub- stantially. In San a spokesman for the port authority said there would be a colossal fight between en- vironmentalists and the oil in- dustn if the bay was dredged to accommodate larger oil tankers than it can now handle Currently the bay can take ships with drafts of less than 50 feet. A tanker of 17.000 tons with a length of 523 feet has a draft of nearly 30 feet. A the same 523 has a draft of GO feet. Ac- cording to a California legislative report there are only 20 ports in the world which can accommodate such an extreme and the only one in North or South America is in Long Beach. Calif. Columnist's notebook NEW YORK is so confining One never gets do a lentil of the oddball things that occur to his mind. Walking the treadmill of the daily glory keeps us so busy that the years and our lives slip and before we are ready for it we face the Great Confrontation that stills our dreams and footsteps forever A few small dreams arc and for this we arc glad. But what about pomps and vainglories and offbeat curiosities that have idly plucked a' our minds all our they remain in vast undone. So il is lhat even if we lived be thrice a hundred years rtvrsl of iw WTWld hover fifrf rtmo ffJ- Play tlth kangaroo. Play hopscotch with a Dutchman. Count numbei of whiskers of a circus bearded ladv. Get a cat-cared book to put next to the dog-eared books in vour library Get a whale Pick 1.0000 four-leaf clovers before you die Ride around on the arms of a windmill. Own a duck farm Grow mushrooms nexl lo the chinchilla ranch in your brother-in-law's ba.iemenl Have a dentist pull out his false choppers lo show you how nice yours are going lo look. Milk an anlealer Fall in lovec with a barmaid who graduated summa cum laude from Vassar. 4 is. Wind Hie Ben. Buy a talking horse. Find a hare-minded rabbil with a harelip. Acluallv pul the cighl-ball in side pocket even talk ian'f cheap any more I Calif. Inflation and ris- ing prices have affected near- ly including even which by all means is not cheap any longer. At a store in this affluent suburb of San people can sip home-brewed coffee and lalk about anylhing for an hour. Cuslomers enter the modeslly-decorated interiors of pick from four or five on-duty conver- sational squeeze themselves into one of the 14 intimate booths and chat about anylhing that com- es into their heads. here to provide a friend whenever it's said Richard Braunlich who along with his wife. opened Conversation six months ago The Braunlich's talk em- porium does not provide any professional help. In none of the 14 hired conver- sationalists ranging in age from 20 to 60 has any professional experience in psychology. just people who jrt-e naturally outgoing and slid Chris. was one applicant for the job who vras studying for his doc- torate in He was so dry ana clinical. He really gave me the chills The applicant tfas not hired. AVERAGE ONE HOUR The fee for Ihe half-hour conversation is wilh each addilional half-hour costing MoSi conversations last an allhough no notification is given when the hour is up unless the customer requests. Even thongh the rates are clearly day manager Kngel Devendor1 had a problem customer once was a very lalkalive woman who was here for an hour But when I asked her for her money she was shocked that we'd charge something for this service. So ol she left without Kven though liie public mighl nol be sold on Ihe idea of lalk ing for the Braunlichs certainly are. They have put all their savings into Conversation transforming a s h 9 d d y drycleaning shop into an attractive store resembling a combination between otic restaurant and col fee house an a ex- hip DID OWN WORK By working nights and weekends on their new the Braunlichs laid down installed wood- panelled sound-proof wired store wilh sofl stereo sounds and finally opened for business wilh a great deal of fanfare. Three San Francisco televi- sion stations and several new- spapers did stories on Conver- salion You get mbfe with a Kenmore Sears YVte what we coast-tocoast. Each Kenmore ttld dryer is covered bv depeitJibte fabour and WWrtfrities phis Simpsons-Sears SKckftive 'Satis- mtney refunded' guarantee. Charge your your all-purpose account. For a cleaner wash rely on the heavy-duty dependability of these twins 7-prOflram automatic washer One dial automaically selects correct speed and ttttywrature for every kind of fabric. 7 a 2 normal and 2 perm-press 1 delicate and 1 spin only for Optional 2nd rinse. Varlible watfer level fjnse agent dispenser. Ftoto- swirl agftftor. fieff-clean filter. Lid safety switch. With Suds Saver more it' fabric Master dryer c shW-off after reaching degree of dry- MMiA for any kind of fabric. 'Soft- intehes as clothes dry to prevent over- cool-down prevents heat-set Nb-fl8Kt 'air' fluffs blankets. High lint screen. Interior fresnener lamp. Door safety fftdte tor 7-program auto. Kenmore wastwr 4-fKJJfttTl Kenmbre vfttlw and prewash rinse temp able water safety a is opened. Lint fltttr Exclusive 'Soft-heat' Kenmore dryer at Simpsons-Seftrs you get the fjnest guarantee or nforwy refunded and delivety Heat diminishes as clothes dry to prevent over-drying. No- fWit 'air1 fluffs towels. Top- ffHUrlWd Ifht screen. High air- MMtf tef test drying. Push-to- MR buffpi. Door safety ft. Hltoch-mate for washer Appliances Store Open daily from a.m. to p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p m. Telephone 328-9231 ;