Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 10, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
Prairie racetrack Antelope go through a warming up exercise in 20-below weather near Wardlow, about 50 miles northeast of Brooks, in this scene caught Thurs- day afternoon by Herald photographer Walter Ker- ber. The Letlibridne Herald LXVIII-24 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 1975 15 Cents ARCOpulloutprompted Gov't won't bail out Syncrude By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer The Alberta government will not bail out a troubled Syncrude oil sands project, Provincial Treasurer Gordon Miniely revealed in Lethbridge Thursday. Meanwhile, Attorney-General Merv Leitch repeated the government's carefully orchestrated warning to a Calgary nomination meeting Thursday night. Construction of the billion plant has already been slowed since'Atlantic Richfield Canada Ltd. (ARCO) withdrew from the project in December. Alberta's cautious stance is occasioned by the ARCO pullout, cancellation of another billion plant proposed by Home Oil, and doubts on the part of Shell and Petrofina about yet two more proposed plants. Pricing uncertainty and rising construction costs are at the base of the problem. "If these companies don't see it as economically viable, we should be cautious about Albertans putting in hundreds of millions of Mr. 'Miniely told The Herald. "Albertans have to recognize the possibility that the project could be cancelled. But it wouid not be a permanent cancellation, it would be a delay." List of political dissidents destroyed by WASHINGTON (AP) A Ford administration official says the Central Intelligence .Agency (CIA) has told the U.S. justice department that the spy agency destroyed lists of to political dis- sidents furnished by the justice department. The CIA also has told the de- partment that it made no use of the lists that were supplied in 1970 by a department in- telligence unit, according to OPEC considering aid to developing countries THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Members of the Organiza- tion of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) are reported to be considering a proposal to earmark 75 per cent of surplus Arab oil revenue for development of Moslem countries. The remaining 25 per cent would be channelled to other developing countries through the United Nations. Abdullah al Tariki, oil ad- viser to Kuwait, said in an interview, in Karachi, Pakistan, that the proposal provides that two-thirds of the amount designated tor Moslem countries would be returned to the Arab world it- self. Tariki said the oil surplus in 1974 was about billion and would be about the same in 1975. OPEC is scheduled to meet Jan. 24 in Algiers. the administration source. The lists were destroyed last March, the source said. The lists had been supplied to the CIA to allow the agency to increase surveillance of U.S. political dissidents while they were on trips abroad. It could not be determined why the CIA did not use the lists. There have been allegations in recent weeks that the CIA spied on leaders of the anti- war movement and on radicals within the United States during the late 1960s and early 1970s. However, a former assis- tant attorney general said Thursday that intelligence data received by the justice department provide no indica- tion that the CIA conducted any spying in the U.S. The CIA is barred by law from internal security func- tions, but is not restricted in its surveillance activities in foreign countries. HICK ERVIN photo Cold and more cold When hot automobile exhaust meets cold air the two produce clouds of vapor and with overnight lows of 25 degrees below zero predicted for tonight and highs today and Saturday expected to hit only 10 degrees below, residents can expect the vapor to cloud city streets until the next Chinook. Little, change is expected for the weekend with the possibility of occa- sional snow in Southern Alberta, the weatherman says. Time, planes collide on taxi strip A Time Air and provincial government aircraft are both grounded today after a collision at the Lethbridge airport. The Time Air Twin Otter with three crew and 12 passengers aboard collided with the-government plane while taxiing to the runway for a takeoff to Calgary at this morning. No one was injured. The plane slid about 100 feet out of control after a brake line broke. Stubb Ross, Time Air president, today criticized the airport management for allowing the government Beech 100 twin- engined craft to park in the taxiing area. "I repeatedly asked the airport manager's office not to allow planes to park in the area where the King Air craft was parked because it restricts other planes' Mr. Ross said. However airport manager John Fifield said, "I don't think the area where King Air is parked restricted movement of air- craft on the ramp." 'Take over Syncrude' Troubles for the Syncrude oil sands project offer Alberta a "golden opportunity" to take over the plant, says Grant Notley, provincial NDP leader. "I don't think we should let the multi nationals lead us around by the nose any Mr. Notley said in a telephone interview today. "The position of the govern- ment should be very Mr. Notley said. "Either tell them to get cracking or get packing." "I think the cost is nowhere in the billion range. The multi national companies are playing games with us. "How in God's name could the cost of million es- timated by the company in June go to billion in December. "As far as I'm concerned, we should tell them to go to hell. This offers us a golden opportunity to obtain ownership of the Syncrude the DNP leader said. Identical speeches In nearly identical speeches, both ministers said the project faced immense problems. Both said they have significant reservations about investing public money in the project. And both ministers said it was up to the rest of Canada, prime beneficiary of any development, to get behind the project. The statements appeared to be a clear warn- ing to Eastern Canada that Alberta can use the oil sands as a lever in its negotiations on oil pricing. Premier Peter Lougheed said earlier that higher prices for Alberta oil could insure the oil sands would be developed to fill energy gaps in the future. "If we're going to have to battle with the rest of Canada about the price of a depleting resource then the rest of Canada has a responsibility in the oil Mr. Miniely told a meeting of the Southern Alberta Council on Public Af- fairs. "Albertans shouldn't be putting up hundreds of millions to bail out projects like Syncrude when the benefits go to all he said. Syncrude waiting Seen and heard About town Syncrude now awaits word from potential investors. The consortium, composed of Imperial Oil, Gulf Oil of Canada and Canada Cities Service, has asked Ottawa to conclude its assessment by mid-month. The Alberta cabinet will make its decision whether to invest.at all after a cabinet committee completes a review of skyrocketing costs. Tom Wood, executive assis- tant to Don Getty, minister of federal and intergovernmen- tal affairs, said today that the review would not be com- pleted for at least three weeks. Syncrude has said it cannot proceed without firm com- mitments from new investors. Alberta is one possibility and the province has invited both Ottawa and other provinces to consider investing. Under its present agree- ment with Syncrude, the provincial government will receive 50 per cent of the com- pany's profits. "Our funds can be used in ways that represent a lot less risk than the oil Mr. Miniely said in an interview. "At the present time we don't think it's valid for Alberta to be putting additional huge funds into the oil sands." Diversification High school teacher Bob Rasmussen, Magrath, dis- playing his gams while play- ing basketball and subse- quently being nominated by his students for the "Best Legs" contest Cow Camp director to stay until 'llth hour9 The Syncrude projects would produce barrels of synthetic oil per day to help replace depleting conven- tional supplies of Canadian crude oil. The treasurer also outlined the government's intent to invest its oil revenues to in- sure maximum benefits in the future. The first key is diversifica- tion of industry, he said. In answer to questions, Mr. Miniely said that the petrochemical industry would not run out of raw materials as petroleum supplies shrink in the next decade. JEFF SMITH By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor BROOKS Cow Camp wilderness school teacher Jeff Smith, facing deportation Jan. 17 because he does not have landed immigrant status, said Thursday he will stay at the school "until the llth hour." Speaking in an interview at the Vee Bar Vee Ranch school site on the Red Deer River 55 miles northeast of here, Mr. Smith, 32, formerly of Rangeley, Maine, charged Health and Social Develop- ment Minister Neil Crawford with being "untruthful" about the school in the legislature. Mr. Smith said the minister was "untruthful" when he answered a question about the school asked by Brooks MLA Fred Mandeville in the legislature April 8, 1974. Said Mr. Crawford at that time: "Mr. Speaker, to my knowledge no formal applica- tion has been made (for the says Mr. Smith, "was after at least a dozen letters had been written to him." In fact, Mr. Smith wrote Aug. 20, 1973, to Advanced Education Minister James L. Foster as follows: "I am writing to seek your help and advice in the job of establishing a new, ex- perimental school in Alberta. "The literature enclosed will help explain the general goals of Academix, which are to build a series of alter- native, environmental schools for students who do not fit conventional school programs, and to refit such students for the educational mainstream or for productive and creative lives." Writing in response to MP G. Gordon Fairweather, who expressed an interest in the school, Mr. Smith said Nov. 25, 1973, "My appeal to various ministries in Ed- monton (advanced education, education, and health and social development) was a concession to immigration to identify the nature of our operation." Mr. Smith and his students, aged 14 to 19, who come from Calgary, New York, Newport, R.I., and Columbus, Ohio, have compiled an 85 page book of correspondence with the Alberta and Ottawa governments a story of 18 months of unsuccessful effort to have the school officially recognized. "We compiled all the cor- said Mr. Smith, "To show people what the truth is. This guy (Mr. Crawford) is untruthful." "I think he is afraid if anything goes wrong, if one of our youngsters causes trouble, they are going to hang it on him." Mr. Smith says shortly after the school was established in June, 1973, three students ran away and stole a car at Medicine Hat. One boy's father, from Rhode Island, called the minister to assure Mr. Crawford the incident wasn't the schools fault. Inside 'The guy in front is a citizen. Behind him is a CIA agent. Behind him a committee investigator. Behind him...' 24 Pages Classified........20-23 Comics............18 Family..........16-17 Markets...........19 Theatres............9 Travel.............12 Weather............3 At Home ..........24 LOW TONIGHT -25; HIGH SAT. -10; CLOUDY, COLD.