The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
8 LETHBRIDQE HERALD Tuesday, January I, 1974 Americans skeptical about gas shortage NEW YORK (CP) Ameri- can motorists can't be blamed for regarding the gasoline shortage with a high degree of suspicion. The Northeastern states, covering the area from southern New Jersey and Pennsylvania up to the Cana- dian border, have been par- ticularly hard hit and the lines of cars awaiting service at gas stations in some areas stretch as much as a mile. Once they reach the pump, the drivers usually are limited to anywhere from 91 to worth of gas, depending on the Railway pension plan will swell wage bill Who me Mopie, a 17-month-old gorilla at the Bronx Zoo in New York is showing his friend Bodari, at left in top photo, a naive 14-month-old, a version of the old shell game. Unfortunately Bodari is no Houdini, and Mopie is left on top of the situation. OTTAWA (CP) The author of a special study to be incorporated into an arbitra- tion award for nearly railway workers has accepted company calculations which estimate a pension plan will cost the railways about 4.3 per cent of their annual wage bill. But John Deutsch, a former chairman of the Economic Council of Canada and prin- cipal of Queen's University, adds in his report that changes to the Canada Pension Plan planned by the federal and provincial governments, if adopted, could reduce the costs to the companies. During contract nego- tiations last summer which eventually led to a country-wide rail strike, the unions and companies, including Canadian National Railways and CP Rail, had disagreed about the cost of an already-settled pension plan. The companies calculated the plan would cost them 4.3 per cent of their 1972 combin- ed wage bill of million and should be taken into ac- count when wage increases were negotiated. Union negotiators said the cost to the companies would not be that much and added the railways had un- derestimated profits to be made on money put into the pension fund. The issue remained unre- solved when Parliament or- dered the strikers back to work in September and Labor Minister John Munro then ap- pointed Mr. Deutsch to make a study of the true cost of the plan. Mr. Justice Emmett Hall, retired judge of the Supreme Court of Canada who is the ar- bitrator between the parties, is to take into account the fin- dings of Mr. Deutsch in mak- ing his award. Hearings on the pension study will be held today. The complete arbitra- tion award is due Jan. 16. Want to make a fiiend for life? Share your family with a foster child We're looking for some very special people. Foster parents. People who can take troubled children into their homes and help them regain their con- fidence in themselves. People who can reassure abandoned, neglected and maltreated youngsters. 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Drivers in the New York City area, for example, find it hard to reconcile the service station lineups with the long string of world-ranging oil tankers they see daily ing New York harbor to deliver crude for the big oil company refineries strung out along the East Coast. PROFITS BIG They add to this picture the fact that every time gasoline goes up a cent a gallon a stag- gering billion a year is add- ed to oil company income. The price rose by seven or eight cents a gallon in many places last week and William Simon, the federal energy czar, ex- pects the gas pump price to go up by a total of 11 cents by March. Published financial reports indicate sharp increases in re- cent oil company profits. The theory developed by the skeptical motoring public, and now being supported by a growing number of officials, is that the oil companies either conspired to bring about the shortage or have ex- aggerated the seriousness of the situation, all with the aim of boosting prices and profits. William Saxbe, President Nixon's new attorney-general, said last week that the average American thinks there is reason to believe the oil companies are perpetrating some kind of a hoax. He conceded there is no such evidence, but added: "As an average person, I share their view." GATHERING DATA The federal energy office in Washington took note of the public skepticism Monday by announcing that it is in- vestigating rumors of petroleum stockpiling by the oil companies and asking ma- jor and independent oil firms to submit production and stockpile data. New York state Attorney- General Louis Lefkowitz ask- ed Saxbe and Simon to set up a reliable system of statistics on the country's oil supply. Federal officials, however, blame the motorists themselves for the long lines and the empty pumps. THAI FORCES Rare astronomical conditions produce high tides in U.S. NEW YORK (AP) For only the 21st time in about 275 years, rare astronomical conditions are producing swelling tides along the coasts of the United States. The tides, along with other weather factors, were causing erosion at Newport Beach, Calif., but on the East Coast, the feared combination of tides, offshore storms and onshore winds had not materialized. Given that combination on the East Coast, weather experts had warned there might be severe flooding, similar to the sit- uation of March 6 and 7 in 1962 which took 40 lives and caused million in damage from Long Island to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The maximum tide, computed for Atlantic City N.J., com- es at a.m. EDT, Tuesday. Tides are caused largely by the gravitational pull of the moon, but the sun also has an influence. The current high tides are caused by the moon in its fullest phase, unusually close to the mid-Atlantic coast, and the rare chance that the sun, moon and earth are at points of orbit that bring them into roughly a straight line. Fergus J. Wood, a geophysicist and research scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said there will be similar, but slightly different, cir- cumstances producing high tides on Feb. 7, July 19 and Aug. 17. The erosion problem on the West Coast, Wood said, con- firms the validity of the prediction made about two weeks ago, when NOAA issued a warning of high tide dangers. The discovery of the combination of tides and storm con- ditions came from basic research into coastal weather, Wood said. The current tidal situation, Wood said, should affect any coastline in the world, but would be most pronounced in northern latitudes. Montreal oil pipeline link may be delayed By DAVE BLAIKIE OTTAWA (CP) The Mon- treal extension of the inter- provincial crude oil pipeline from Western Canada might be delayed beyond the govern- ment's late-1975 completion goal, leaving Quebec and the Atlantic provinces dependent on overseas oil longer than an- ticipated. Energy Minister Donald Macdonald told the Commons Monday that National Energy Venezuela oil political weapon RIO DE JANEIRO (CP) President-elect Carlos Andres Perez of Venezuela said Mon- day that oil "will be a political weapon for Venezuela through which we will make ourselves heard by the industrialized na- tions of the world." But he pledged in an inter- view with the Rio newspaper Jornal do Basil that Venezuela would meet all current com- mitments. "It is not part of Venezuelan politics not to fulfil obligations assumed in the field of oil." Venezuela is Canada's main source of offshore oil. About 44 per cent of Canadian im- ports come from the South American country. Perez indicated that nation- alization should be carried out before 1983 when foreign on concessions are due to revert to the state. "Nationalization must be carried out within a national consensus, and as an alter- native to prevent the foreign companies handing over their concessions in 1983 with technologically obsolete in- stallations unfit for op- Perez said. U.S. oil companies and Anglo-Dutch Shell are the main foreign oil companies operating in Venezuela, which produces some 3.5 million barrels daily. Perez, who defeated Lorenzo Fernandez, the can- didate of the incumbent Social Christian party in elections last month, is due to take of- fice in March. Post office seizes mail J OTTAWA (CP) The mail of a Cobourg, Ont., man was seized by the post office and turned over to the RCMP and the defence department, Allan Lawrence umberland-Durham) said Monday. Mr. Lawrence said in an in- terview the mail of his con- stituent, Wally Keeler, finally was returned Thursday. He told the Commons earlier he had been trying to get the mail returned since mid- November. He described Mr. Keeler as a man who works with com- puter language and who came under investigation after sending computer cards in the mail. Postmaster-General Andre Ouellet said in the Commons he will look into the matter. Outside the House, Mr. Lawrence said that apparent- ly Mr. Keeler and Terry Woolf of Sudbury, Ont, were ex- changing thought it involved computer cards, sent as or- dinary postcards. The com- puter writeout, the written version of the punched notes, was on the back of the He said both men are poets and obviously are familiar with computer language. One of the poems dealt with security leaks, he said, and it was seized by the post office and turned over to the defence department and RCMP. Both men used pseudonyms, but Mr. Lawrence said that the RCMP eventually found Mr. Woolf. He said he has been told that two RCMP of- ficers worked an entire summer on the case. Eventually, said the former Ontario attorney-general, he was informed by Solicitor- General Warren Allmand that the RCMP concluded that the case was harmless, but a nuisance. "But my constituent still hasn't got his mail back. And there is no doubt the post of- fice seized it because Mr. Ouellet sent him a photostat copy of the card. "What I am interested in is the principle. Under what au- thority can the post office intercept mail and turn it over to the police? And if it happen- ed in this caw, in how many other cases has it Board (NBE) hearings on the project have been delayed un- til spring and no decision has been made on the route the line will follow. Hearings were scheduled to start this month or sometime in February and construction was to begin in the spring. Mr. Macdonald told reporters it now appears it will be summer or fall before construction starts and the late-1975 target date can be met for only one of three routes under consideration. The pipeline, which delivers western crude to United States and Ontario markets, stops at Toronto. The main eastern terminus is Sarnia, Ont. He said the target date can only be met if the government chooses Sarnia as the starting point for the extension, and unforseen delays could upset the timetable for that route. Other than Sarnia, the gov- ernment isistudying the possi- bility of extending the line from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., or building an all-Canadian route from Winnipeg to Montreal. MORE COSTLY Both options would cost more than the million or more it would take for the Sar- nia route and the construction time would be longer, he jid. The pipeline starts in Edmonton and cuts across the prairies to the Canada-U.S. border south of Winnipeg. From there, it swings through the northern states and back into Canada at Sarnia. En route, it passes within 80 miles of Sault Ste. Marie. Opposition parties pounced quickly on the news that NBE hearings, mandatory for all pipeline projects, have been delayed. "It shoots the timetable all to said NDP energy critic T. C Douglas. Even if rushed, hearings would take time and no work could start until they were over, he said. Opposition Leader Robert said the delay in hea.-ings will "obviously make a difference" but declined to estimate how long the project will be held back. Mr. Douglas said any delay will mean two more winters, 1974-75 and 1975-76, in which Quebec and the Atlantic prov- inces must face the threat of oil shortages and high prices on the world market. TAKING TO THE ROADS Passenger traffic has ex- panded more than 300 per cent in Canada over the last 20 years.