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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Product hat lots going for it Brooks coal is suitable for power production By JIM MAVB1E SUIf Writer Brooke coal haa a tot going for it u a fuel for a thermal power plant and Ontario Hydro H the owl Immediate prospect. Ontario Hydro DOW Is using U.S. coal at a price of H to J2 ku than the Brooks coal would cost landed ttere "under exist ing Mid Dick Mar- tell, manager of engineering and production for CanPac Mi- crab United. Some things are happening wttch could aoon oarrov- the gap, malting Brooks coal more competitive and perhaps even preferred. Unions In the U.S. coal indus- try are leeldng raises and con- ditions, which if implemented, could possibly cost Ontario Hy- dro BO cents to 11.50 a ton more for ito U.S. coal, largely from Pennsylvania. Brooks coal has a low sul- phur content, Mr. Marshall said which is prefemble to the high sulphur U.S. coal from a pollution standpoint Ita gulphur content of raw Brooks coal easily meets clean-air reg- ulations. D. J. Gordon, general mana- ger of Ontario Hydro, told The Herald that research is being done at Ontario Hydro to take toxic sulphur dioxide out of the air. This problem would not be big with the low-sulphur Brooks coal. One problem that would have to be overcome with the Brooks coal, Mr. Gordon said, is its low heat rale. Different fur- naces would be required from full reclamation guaranteed Oompleie reclamation of the Brooks coal field is planned after the coal is removed a GanPac Minerals Limited spokesman told The Herald. "This type of strip mining is much easier and Jess costly than mountain mining and 100 per cent reclamation is as- wid Hick Miarshall manager of engineering and production for CanPac, owner most of Bie coal rights in the field. The coal1 seam, five to six feet Kick, is M to 100 feet be- low the surface of flie ground. It underlies about 20 sections (square mites) of land. Topsoil and other overburden would be stripped by dragline and stockpiled. The coal would be removed and the overburden and topsoil replaced. The land would then be suit- able for agricultural use, Mr. Marshall said. Much of the land now is pasture. When the overburden is re- placed, the land would be about a loot higher than it was be- fore the coal was removed, be- cause of the lack of compac- tion, he said. The field begins about four miles west of Lake Newell, the Eastern Irrigation District res- ervoir, and extends 10 miles west to the Bow River. The Brooks thermal coal Is worth 12 to a ton f.o.b. the mine compared with coking coal at to a ton f.o.b. Van- couver. Toe multi million dollar coal mining project is goinj to be developed, Mr. Marshal said. The only thing lacking Is a firm market "and it is in evitable." the ones using the high-heat U.S. coal. Another problem, be said, is that the precipitators at On- tario Hydro plants would not work as well with Brooks coal as with U.S. coal, creating i pollution problem. An electrostatic precipitator reduces emissions from c o a 1- fired power plants by removing solid particles such as flyash from chimney Calgary POWP- cal dust collectoi. WORLD OF SHOES SELECTION OF SHOES Reg. to NOW 12" HAPPY NEW YEAR SALE CONTINUES BALANCE OF WINTER BOOTS NOW 20% OFF SPECIAL SELECTION OF SUEDES-LEATHERS-COLORS PAIR NUANCE OF HANDBAGS NOW 20% OFF SELECTION OF SHOES LinM and Sim. 25.00 NOW SPECIAL SELECTION OF HANDBAGS NOW ONLY 5" WORLD OF SHOES 317A OPEN THUtS. TILL P.M. mecham- its Wabe- mun and Sundance power plants. A pilot electrostatic pre- cipitator at Sundance is report- edly'working well and teuton have been called for full-scale precipitators which could run as high as per installed kilo- watt or million for a 375- megawatt unit. Generally speak i n g, a Cal- gary Power spokesman said, as the coal sulphur content goes down, more difficulties are ex- perienced with electrostatic precipitators. In favor of Brooks coal, Mr. Marshall said, is that there is more than enough to outlast the normal 25 to 30-year life of a generating plant. There are also additional reserves of the same quality coal near the Brooks field, if ever required. The political situa t i o n be- tween Canada and the U.S. could also help Brooks coal get In Ontario. The U.S. is having problems in supplying power to meet the demand. The day may come when the U.S. requires all its own fuels. It has been suggested that Canadians should rely on their own resources rather than those of the U.S. Those advocating an independent Canada are also of this thought. Besides the unit train concept of transporting coal to Ont- ario the use of a slurry pipe- line Is aim under study. TransCanada Pipelines and Shelpac are among those inves- tigating a slurry pipeline to the east. Mr. Gordon felt a slurry pipe- line "is not on the immediate horizon" leaving the unit train as the most immediate answer. The unit trains would be sim- ilar to those hauling southeast- ern B.C. coal to the Roberts Bank seaport terminal n e r Vancouver. The trains never stop moving, even while load- ing. CP Rail's main line to the east, which is nearby the Brooks coal field, adds cre- dence to the possibility of mil trains. Parallel project to begin in U.S. A near-parallel to the Brooks- Ontario situation exists in the northern U.S. Low sulphur coal mined by Western Energy Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Montana Power will be used by a kilowatt steam-electric generating plant near Portage, Wis. The contract calls for deli- very of 2.3 million tons of coal annually from Uie Colstrip, Mont, mine to the Wisconsin utility. The contract is for 20 years with options for exten- Hitch-hiking costs A Lethbridge man was fined 15 and assessed court costs when he pleaded guilty in mag- istrate's court to hitch-hiking. His only defense was that he ad been drinking and felt he was too impaired to attempt to drive his car. He decided to walk home, but 'ound the weather was too cold so he tried to hitch-hike and wax ticketed by a passing po- fce constable. Judge L. W. Hudson said the man had demonstrated good iidgment in not driving and may have caved himself a charge of impaired driving. Grade 7s to have new programs The industrial arts and home economics programs in the Lethbridge separate school Deliveries by unit train over tracks of Burlington Northern and Milwaukee Road railways will start late in 1974. distance probably is slightly less than from Brooks to Ontario. George O'Connor, Montana Power president, said the low- sulphur coal will permit the Wisconsin utility to meet pro- posed state and federal clean- air emission standards at less capital cost. The Colstrip coal now -is be- ing used for generating plants at Billings, Minneapolis and Chicago. It produced more than five million tons last year. Mr. Marshall indicated West- ern Energy receives preferen- tial rail rates in the U.S. situa- tion. are expected to be ex- tended to include Grade 7 stu- dents. At the present time, Grades 8 to 12 take part in the courses. Superintendent Bob Klmmitt told a recent school board meeting that the exten s i o n would give students an oppor- tunity to have a better look at the programs before entering high school, where they will have to make a decision on whe- ther to take the courses full- time. It is hoped the courses can begin this fall. The estimated cost of the expansion is to for new equipment, but a more precise estimate was requested by trustee Paul Mat- isz. The entire matter was re- Ferred to budget time for fur- ther consideration. No plans for library building The city has no current plans for the library building on 3rd Ave. S. which will be vacated when the new library is built on the Central School site, Mayor Andy Anderson said Tuesday. "I have some ideas of my own what it could be used said the mayor, "but I'd rather not mention them until we've had a chance to discuss long- range plans with the admini- stration." Library board chairman Bill Russell said his board's plans are that the library in the old building will be completely re- moved, leaving the building free for other uses. The architect has estimated it will be two years before the new library is completed. r it; ton rm ummeoi HKAIA is 10th ANNUAL CONTINUES alMMaViV PHH.CO T5 CU. FT. FREEZER BAKER'S PRICE GUARANTEE If you purchdM of appliancei and find M advtrtixd for within ntxt 12 will refund in eaihl 1972 ADMIRAL 26" COLOR TV Airfo tint and tuning. BtouNful Cabinet. .00 EXTRA-------------- SPECIAL WITH WORKING TRADE 6.E. 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