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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 15, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, February 15, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 9 Arcan disclaims damages from Syncrude pullout Mother, son, 33, re-united M.I.T. PROF. THOMAS REED POURS METHANOL INTO GAS TANK Methanol 'answer to oil crisis PORTLAND, Me. (AP) Methanol is being hailed as a way to achieve energy inde- pendence in Maine. Commonly known as wood alcohol, methariol can be pro- duced under existing technology from coal, wood and even municipal trash, says Robert Monks, director of the state's office of energy resources. As Monks sees it, sections of Maine's vast forests may be- come a feedstock for methanol. By using the wood on a sustained yield basis, the process may eliminate for all time the state's dependence on imported oil. Methanol is produced .by placing wood or any other eellulosic fibre in an enclosed chamber and heating it in the absence of oxygen. When water is injected, the result is a clear liquid which can supplant many existing forms of energy, Monks said. "It's a very flexible, clean, high quality fuel; and it can be used in any of the three basic areas of energy; transpor- tation, space heating and electric power." Because they lacked ade- quate oil resources, Germany and Japan used coal-based methanol toward the end of the Second World War to fuel their tanks and airplanes. He said tests at Massachu- setts Institute of Technology have proven the feasibility of blending methanol with gas- oline as a motor vehicle fuel. "It's actually possible .to operate a car on 100 per cent methanol, but you have to ad- just your carburetor to change the air said Monks. "For home furnaces, all you have to do is change the nozzle." Another application would be as a substitute for diesel fuel in electric generating plants, he said. Monks said Gov. James Longley is enthusiastic about the methanol project and has asked him to give it priority. Monks said he has ap- proached several Maine tim- befland firms and industrial giants with proposals for setting up a pilot plant to produce methanol out of the state's waste wood. The inflated costs of con- ventional fuels should make the project profitable, even though there is no wood-based methanol plant operating anywhere in the world to use as an example, he said. EDMONTON (CP) Atlan- tic Richfield (Canada) Ltd. (Arcan) says it is not respon- sible for damages because it pulled out of the Syncrude Canada Ltd. oil sands project in northeastern Alberta. The allegation is contained in a statement of defence filed by Arcan in answer to a state- ment of claim filed in Alberta Supreme Court in mid- January by Imperial Oil Ltd. Imperial Oil is seeking million in damages, alleging Arcan and its parent com- pany, Atlantic Richfield Co., (Arco) breached an agree- ment with the other firms in- volved in the Syncrude project Imperial Oil, Gulf Oil Ltd. and Canada-Cities 'Service Ltd. Arcan, in its statement of defence, says an agreement the companies entered 'into provided that if one of the companies defaulted in the agreement the other com- panies had the right to dispose of or acquire the defaulting participant's entire interest in the lands, the leases and facilities involved in the pro- ject. Arcan alleges that a section of one of the agreements prevents Imperial Oil from seeking a court judgment and that the defaulting clause "is the sole remedy or right under this agreement other par- ticipants may have by reason of the failure of the defaulting participant to fill its obligations Arcan says it notified Imperial and the other par- ticipants Dec. 4, 1974, that it would not make any further payment of budget funds un- der the agreements it signed. Because of the wording of the agreement, Arcan claims, it is not responsible to Imperial or any of the other par- ticipants for payment of the .funds or damages. Imperial, in its statement of claim, alleged that "by reason of the flagrant and deliberate refusal" of Arcan and Arco to meet its obligations Imperial would lose million invested in the Syna- Project. The project, in danger of collapse following Arcan's withdrawal, was bailed out when the Alberta, Ontario and federal governments agreed to join the three remaining companies in financing the costs. Imperial is also seeking damages from Arcan and Arco for "loss of the expected value of its interest in the proposed commercial oil sands extraction plant, atten- dant facilities and related lands and leases." Arcan's statement of defence says that as a result of the "startling and substan- tial increase" in the budget of the project to more than billion from a former total project budget of the other companies involv- ed in the project knew other participants would be re- quired. Arcan alleges that during December and January, Imperial and its authorized spokesmen "made public statements which had the effect in the minds of the public and potential investors of diminishing the value of the interest which Arcan had in the Syncrude project and reduced the prospects of the participants, including Ar- can, obtaining further investors to acquire the interest of Arcan or to otherwise become investors in the Syncrude project." Arco issued a general denial of all of Imperial's allegations and says it was not involved in the Syncrude project. Soviet emigration declined in 1974 WASHINGTON (AP) The number of Jews allowed out of the Soviet Union fell by more than 40 per cent in 1974 and in- dications are that Moscow will cut the flow even more this year. Only Jews left Russia in January, the same month in which Moscow repudiated the trade agreement with the United States, citing congres- sional demands for easier emigration standards. If the January figure holds even for the rest of the year, 20 per cent fewer Jews will leave Russia than the permitted out in 1974. These figures are agreed upon by congressional sources and officials in the White House and the state department. The projected drop would be far less than the reduction from 1973 to 1974. Two years ago, Jews were allowed out of Russia as the Soviet government re- sponded to U.S. pressure to ease emigration restrictions in return for improved U.S. trade arrangements. But as Congress pressed de- mands that these commercial improvements be tied to Soviet promises of better treatment for Russian Jews and easier exit standards, Moscow began to crack down. NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Navy Radioman James Sebr- ing, 33, and his mother cried Thursday when they met for the first time in 32 years. Sebring's mother was wait- ing at the pier when he re- turned from a three-week training cruise aboard the air- craft carrier Forrestal. He had not seen her since his father took him away from home when he was one year old. Later, Sebring's efforts to trace his mother were unsuc- cessful. Nor could Alberta Sebring find her son. But the sailor's wife, Terry Sebring, introduced the mother to her husband as an wedding anniversary and Va- lentine's Day gift. Terry said she started with her husband's birth certificate and called countless Sebrings in the Syracuse, N.Y., before she found Mrs. Sebr- ing, 63, in a Cortland-, N.Y., hotel. "I used to ask my father where my mother was, but he never would said Sebr- ing, who lives in Walled Mich. Sebring and his mother ex- changed hugs, kisses and handclasps. "It's like being in the sailor .said. "I've been- searching for my mother for a long time. She's been by. herself long enough. I thank; God that He's answered our; prayers." SHEET MUSIC and BOOKS MUSICLAND COLLEGE MALL Phone 328-3694 INSTALLATION FURNACES 1709-2nd Ave. S. 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