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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 0 THE LETHSRIOQC HERALD Saturday February 2, 1974 Fuel for autos home furnaces Converting coal to gas expensive, slow MEALS ON WHEELS Annual Public Meeting 8p.m. Monday, February 4th 1974 Southminster Church Lounge 1011 -4th Ave. S. Election ol for 1874 will be held end complete report ol the project will be given. All community minded citizens Are most warmly invited to attend SWIMMING POOLS Discover our own Back Yard this summer with your own in-ground Swimming Pool that you installed yourself, if you wish. UNITS ORDERED NOW WILL HAVE YOU IN THE SWIM IN TIME. '2500 PRICE AS LOW AS CONTACT YOUR PLEASURE POOL REPRESENTATIVE Phone 327-0686 (Coal in your gasoline tank? It's part of a new energy era for the United States converting black lumps from the ground into fuel both for cars and for heating homes. The impact will be long term but significant, as this fourth of five articles explains.) By DAVID MUTCH The Christian Science Monitor BUFFALO, Wyo. By 1980 some cars in the United States will be running on gasoline made from coal. And some homes will be heated by synthetic natural gas made from coal. Not many, in either case but in terms of a new direction in energy policy, the change is dramatic. Although the chemistry of the conversion processes had been known for a long time, and Germany and Sweden used them during the Second World War, economics have blocked development on a commercial scale. Now, with the U.S. searching for new sources of energy, coal is coming into its own again. And the nation is racing into a new period of working out as fast as possible the many engineering and technological problems of commercial conversion. It's expensive and slow. First production of synthetic natural gas won't come until 1975-76. Synthetic oil won't come until 1980. The overall impact will be small for some time after that. But both government and industry are anxious to make up for lost time. The first step by government vill be a request from the administration to congress for money for s thorough analysis of all Gasification plants need water GILLETTE, Wyo. Not everyone joins in the coal boom atmosphere that is filling the West's sails. One reason: water. A recent National Academy of Sciences study warns, in effect, that planning must take water into account. Concern is fueled by proposed widespread development of gasification and liquefaction plants as well as oil shale development and new of which use large amounts of water. Will they divert water from other needs in the largely arid West? Open Saturday1 available alternatives. The study would examine differing processes of conversion; whether extensive strip mining for coal is feasible, including where to mine; and the problem of water shortages converting coal to both gas and oil uses a great deal of water. Instead of providing less and less energy, compared with oil and gas, coal is now seen by most projections as staying at about 18 percent of national energy needs. By 1985, that would mean as much as 360 million tons a year more than the current consumption of 609 million tons a year. Boosting production will take time. Underground mining has fallen on hard times, and the National Coal Association says 1974 production can be lifted by only 25 million tons. It takes three to four years to open a mine. But most experts agree that production must increase, and that this will come by strip mining, especially hi the United States West. And all that leads to talk of LAS FEATURING: Las Vegas, Reno, Carson Lake Tahoe, Virginia City, etc Departing- March 23rd by Deluxe Hiway Cruiser, S4 A days ..........FROM w9 FEATURING: Disneyland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Tijuana, Mexico, Las Vegas, San Francisco and more Departing April 6 and April 1315 fun-filled days FROM NORTH TO NORTH TO-ALASKA Departing- June 30 and July 21 FROM for FtEE MOCHUHE Call Your Call Operator (no charge! Ask tor Zamlh 06061 207 Kresge Bldg. Edmonton Alii TALENT HUNT FEB. 22-23 C CO CM WANTED U UL TALENT FOR AMATEUR NITE AT THE IROYAL HOTEL! O m m A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL 60S 5th AVE. 8. PHONE 32S-7921 or 321-1181 P. LAWSON TRAVEL MARQUIS HOTEL BLDQ. PHONE 321-3000 mmm m m More Information Hotel, Box 2440, Phone 223-2234 HUNT FEB. 22 conversion. Here in Wyoming, Texaco, Inc., which recently spent million to buy huge reserves of coal nearby from Reynolds Aluminum, is drafting plans to build a plant to make synthetic natural gas or oil from coal. (Texaco will also pay a minimum of million a year for 10 years in royalties.) PROJECT INDEPENDENCE The rumors are fueled by the latest Nixon administration plans to spend billion over five years to launch President Nixon's Project Independence. A good portion of this money how much is not yet clear would go to speed up conversion of coal into gas as well as oil. Industry is moving rapidly ahead, even though the results will be extremely long term. According to an Office of Coal Research (OCR) spokesman, the big oil companies have been slow to invest iu these research projects. Industry replies that full-scale commercial conversion simply has not been economic. The economics of conversion, of course, are key. OCR estimates now that a barrel of oil can be produced from coal for Ford Blunck, an expert for Standard Oil of Indiana on resources and costs, disagrees. He puts the cost at This figure happens to be the present real cost of Persian Gulf oil delivered in the U.S. Asked if this recent spurt of Middle East oil prices will cause renewed interest in his company in converting coal to oil, Mr. Blunck said: "It certainly He also says that by 1990 the conversion industry could be large and influential enough to set the price of oil, a switch from the control over world markets now enjoyed by Arab countries. Initially, the biggest users of gas made from coal probably will be utilities rather than individual consumers. Many utilities are making, or have already made, deals to utilize gas from coal. Commonwealth Edison of Chicago has announced a project to convert high-sulfur midwestern coal into gas. Edison and the Electric Power Research Institute (Palo Alto, Calif.) will jointly build a plant at the company's Powerton generating station in Pekin, m., this year. The utility considers this method the best way of dealing with pollution from sulfur. Companies that have CJOC NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT BMikaNon W. H. S. Skelton, News Director of CJOC Radio and Television, is pleased to announce the following appoint- ments in the further development of Southern Alberta's fore- most news service. Brent Seely, well-known in sports circles and a member of the CJOC News Staff for the past 12 years, has been appointed Assistant News Director of CJOC Radio and Tele- vision News. Bill Matheson, a veteran of 20 years service with CJOC and one of the most popular broadcasters in Southern Alberta, will, together with his well-established radio and television responsibilities, assume the position of CJOC Radio News Supervisor. PIW SfiNlh Phil Smith, who is well-known to television viewers of the news scene, will be CJOC Television News Supervisor. Meanwhile, CJOC also welcomes back to Lethbridge and CJOC John Scott Black, a native son and former broadcaster in Lethbridge, Calgary and Hamilton. His experience will con- tribute greatly to CJOC's ever-increasing coverage of the growth and development of Lethbridge and district Jerry Zacher and Vem Nelson are now members of the slaff of CJPR in Blairmore. and will be actively involved in News Coverage of the Crow's Nest Pass. announced commercial gasification projects include El Paso Natural Gas, Texas Gas Transmission Corporation (with Consolidation Coal Western Gasification Company of Colorado, Interstate Gas Company, and Northern Natural Gas Pipeline Company (with Cities Exxon has spent million on research for coal conversion since 1966. Total cost through the pilot-plant stage (upon which commercial plants would be designed) is expected to be million. The company says it has sought participation by the U.S.- government for coal liquefac- tion development. For years the Office of Coal Research, in the department of interior, has funded research in the conversion area, keeping the technology alive. Much of the motivation for establishing the office in 1960 was to ease the plight of coal miners. Don't get behind the "8-ball" on your NCOME TAX STOP and think Is it worth the work and worry to struggle with your tax re- turn when we handle it COMPLETE quickly at low cost' The RETURNS TAX SAVINGS we discov- er often pay the fee. Be SMART! This year try H R BLOCK. GUARANTEE anarla's latest T.IX Seivine With Over 6000 Offices in North America 329-3632 324 13th 8i No. 327-4075 8 to 9; Saturday 9 to 5 iNO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY, HAVE YOUR LUNCH WHILE YOU LEARN Attend the University of Lethbridge "WORLD JOURNEYS AND VIEWPOINTS" Seminar Series to bo hold ml noon (12 to p.m.) on Feb- ruary 6 through April 3 In the YMCA ALL PURPOSE ROOM Learn about the customs and ecology of other countries from U of L professors who have lived there. Find out about those countries you've always wanted -to visit. February 6 Mexico and Central America by air or auto February 13 Inside Nigeria February 20 How to Cook a Cannibal (Western New Guinea) February 27 New Zealand and Australia March 6 Seeing Western Europe March 13 March 20 Egypt and its Monuments March 27 Formosa: Past, Present and Future April 3 Views and Comments on South America Attend as many sessions as you like No admission will be Charged. For More Information or diving Details, Phone Continuing Education, 329-2244 THE BIGGEST ALL CANADIAN COUNTRY SHOW IN YEARS tt THE IAN TYSON SHOW STARRING Ian and Sylvia bMh Great Speckled Bird AND WAYNE VOLD Sunday, Feb. 10 at p.m. Lethbridge Exhibition Pavilion Tickets now on sale at Leteter'a and Muttoland presented by Point of Interact Entertainment and CHEC Radio "TE DEUM LAUDAMUS" Hiyln) Accompanist Ruth Clarke HACCABAEUS" (6.F. HmM) Accompanied by 17 piece Orchestra Lethbridge Symphony Association presents the Lethbridge Symphony Chorus February 4th p.m. Yattt SOLOISTS: Colleen Kaufmann (Soprano) Mark Thomson (Alto) Michael Kaufmann (Tenor) Arthur Hunt (Bass) Walter Goerzen (Conductor) ;