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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday. January 27, 1973 TOE LETHBRIDSt HW.AIB S The Voice Of One -By. Dr.. FRANK S. MORLEY erf Rockies from near site of proposed strip nine. Hidden plans for Oldman River watershed BY Andy Russell author and naturalist WATERTON LAKES P.VRK A huge coal srrip mining de- velopment plan is on the blue- prints [or the beautiful Gap re- gion of southwestern Alberts according to a very reliable source, of iaormation. This in- cludes an open pit mine on the divide between Savannah Creek the northwest branch of ihe OMman Hiver. a fair sized Urm on the northwest branch, i railroad arid a high speed in- dustrial highway. This plan has been kept care- fully under wraps and 15 just part of similar developments all akng the eastern watershed. It may link up with the present developments of simTar nsture al Elkiord on the Fording River by rail and-or a nosd LL-c-urb Fording River Pass. The controvert! Kananaskis Highway started last by the Alberta government 'S just the beginning, of the plan. Presently promo-ted, with rec- reation the alle-red priority, this highway win the Trsns- Canada Highway zt a junci-on near Sebee with Highway No. 3 at Coleman. It is ultirr.aiely intended a5 a means toward developing heavy industry i e. coal and timber, with the ac- cerrt on coal. The inevitable Impact on water resources, agriculture, recreation, flsb snd wildlife and the desired IivL-g quality r-f south Albertans will be devas- tating and permanent. Water resources vill be the most seriously by 2n additional heavy loan ei pollu- tion. For when the slopes cf a watershed are thus cut arc dis- turbed, the results are Hash run-offs. mud slices and gener- al erosion plus a rness of Altogether it create very bsd conditions in the iritnr-diste area as wen as very exnersive probleir.s ior hundreds of rtv.les downstrear.i. Agriculture, ceper.riirig on long-tern use o: water :-ir irri- gation. v.-" bo ir. clue course with rigwe- cos's and probable -'Ster sbort.-.cts. live- stock rar.gelard inside out of the fores', vrlll seriously ir. Ecu.tio-n to what has already Book Review Tbe recreational of one of the roost attractive and productive areas o! western Canada will be largely ruined. from sceji- this whole region is most popular for camping, hiking, trail riding, skiing- hunting and fishing, with mountain, timber- ed valleys and sweeping gi-ass- lands. it has a very unique con- trast of ecosystems besides en- joying clean air. pure water and a minimum of insect pests in summer. Due to impacts of more roads, mines, a railroad and a town on top of what has already hap- pened by way of careless, badly managed exploration and in- dustrial development, fish and wjdkfe populations will suffer further severe cuts. The en- dangered grizzly bear will be out. .Mountain goats have already disappeared off much of their former ranges. Deer, elk. moose and bighorn sheep along with other animals will ultimately s u i f er severely. WHS; are truly magnificent wild rivers will be dead and with them go the trout. The general living quality of ail Aibertan? "ill be significant- ly downgraded. Such reporting may seem like irrational' scare tactics but it is positive and based on comparisons on the British Columbia sice of the Continental Divide only a few miles away at Natal and El- ford in tb'e Elk and Fordlrg Kiver valleys. The Elk. a few short years ago one of the most beautiful and productive streams in B C.. is now dyine. By the time the coal deposits are worked out in 10 to 15 years from now. it will be Ions dead. The whole fish and n-iidlife pic- ture in the East Kootcnai re- do- is ta a shadow of wb.-t it was a little while ago due to what amounts to unbridled resource development. IVi we here in Alberta wish !o duplicate it0 This is a ques- Alhertars should be aslr'r.e DOB- before it is too late. For the proposed scheme on the headwaters of the Oldman. along with developments pres- ently in operation, have not bee: preceded with anything resembling adequate Impart studies. Such impact studies must be carried out ia suffi- cient depth and width to show the ultimate cost ic the people. The time has come to ignore the lulling and dishonest words, "multiple use." for there is real- ly no such thing where strip mining occurs as has been well illustrated. By way of paying lip service to tbe complex problems involv- ed, the government assigned contract to the Lombard North Planning Company to do an en- vironmental impact study on the proposed new Kananaskis High- way last summer. But they put a six weeks deadline on it a completely ridiculous time limit. A report dated August 2, 197: was duly presented to the department of lands and for- ests. Following this en No- vember 1, 1972, that department released a paper titled. Environ- mental Impact Statement for Ihe Provincial Highway No. W a real hurry-up job for they- did not even include a map. What is most significant, and something they carefully avoid mentioning in the report, is the fact that the highway risht-cf- wsy was already being cleared when the assignment for the study was made. This first section of road con- forms to a design standard for 70 m.p.h. requiring a minimum clearance width of 150 feet, and can be in no way flexible or engineered to fit the country. The minister of highways hss stated that it is a test rosd end "some mistakes" will like- ly be made. It could set the standard for a road full length of the frontal range of tbe Boci- 155 We would "suggest there are plenty of similar mistakes in Canada and the U.S. to check on with far less expense. At least two citizens' groups are taking active interest in the proceedings. One is the Kan- anaskis Action Committee which has worked hard and ef- fectively to bring the situation to public attention. The other is the Foothills Protective As- sociation with its headquarters in ihe Pincher Creek district. Education should be creative of Knowledge end Freedom" by Naom Chomfky. i Random rl Canada Limiled. 55.95, 111 pages'. Professor Noam Chomsky, .in eminent in t'nt1 field of linguistics has devotee the- first half of this hook. On Inicrpr Russfll. Tbo lecture.- ccr.i. Russell's thoughts of his mi years of inquiry into tlte tin1 years o nqury nto tc ttti' ing of words and acquisition knowledge as as tiic1 thor's ouri lLt.r.'.istic Rtissoil's virtually every question o: ,ind r.i.iy be of pnnicular interest to oduca- f n; tll.% tbe principles of r.iontti! orc.ini- ntioti tlio construc- o' systems of lodfto. ll'c thoucbts pf prominent thinkers such as l.eibnitr, tes, Hume, Monod ?.nd otliers are inter- m stiDpon of theories. Tr.e first half of the book ends v.ith Russell's quotation "tbe humanistic conception regards a child as a gardener regards a young tree. i.e. as something with a cerl.i.T, intrinsic nature, which will develop into an ari- nv.rr-ble ;Vrm, the proper soil ar.d air and light." second hnlf of the On Changing 11 e World, de- vriops Ih'is imsge furiJior in tlist "the soil and the freedom rwitiircd (or man's prowl.1! are jmnie.isurably more riifficull In discvwcr and obt.iin And the full may be for can only Iv fell by a delicate intuition and dimly apprehended by imagination and respoct '-Education.'1 RiLssoll urged, "should not aim nt .1 passive awareness of fncts. hut nt nctivily di- reeled towards tlw world that our efforts are (o create In tl'f mtvlem the pnrcip'e ol growth in mas; mm and men is hampered by institutions inherited from a simpler age. The radical reconstruction of society must search for wavs 10 liberate the creative impulse, not to establish new forms of authority." The txwk. fiirJier- more. gives examples of Ameri- can internal and external tech- niques of social control Rnd leaves it to the reader to draw his own conclusions with re- gard to present day problems as Vietnam, student movc- ntents. problems of the vic'.ims of oppression and mankind itself. The book concludes vilh Rus- sell's hopeful thoughts that the world can be transformed into a "world in which the creative spirit is alur. in which life is an ndvenlure full of hope and joy. b.isovi rtithcr upon the im- pulse to construct than upon Ihe to rotain wo scss or to seize what Is pos- by others." GERTA At a recent meeting of a spe- cial conunirtee of this last or- ganization to study and report on elk damage in this district, it became apparent: through consideration of ranchers' re- pores, that elit are being forc- ed out of their normal winter ranges inside the forest reserve onto privcte lands. This disror- bance can only be intensified by added pressure and will ul- timately result in f very un- desirable situation. It is but a fnail part of the adverse ef- fects that can be expected. It points UD the fact, among other thines. that not nearly enough priority is being given wildlife research. To put it rather for years the provin- cial fish and wildlife branch has been sucking s hind tit with not r.eariy enough milk in it for a heaithv and active existence. VVortunaMy .the change of government has done nothing to aiier this unsatisfac- tory conditinn. Jo sum m. several important ar.d pertinent facts are appar- ent. Tbe government is assum- ing it can do what it pleases with publicly owned lands with- out keeping the wottle inform- ed. Apparenf'y have no: yet learned that we must iir-mediate profits loag- terni results both positive and negcthe and take suf- ficient time for consideration of e--nlronmer.tal prorjeros to cor- rect mistakes while is still elbow room to work. Third- ly. Aibertans wiii have the op- portunity to present their views at public hearings to be held in March concerned with the fate of the eastern watershed, while there is stili time I? -rpve.-t a catastrophe. ,4 man for todav No man is more important our times than that "first modern man.'' St. Augustine, who 'resc-jed classical culture, directed the total political rision u and a Iroi't a Hrri'.-ipp The'.- t, A-ay Tit for tat Hone One Stincisv rccvrtl> 1 i- cti.irch t'v pate r--.r.V Frank iiutir..; the t.Air.g t.-c r.-i'tr.ix-.-s ci offcrinp it Iv.-amr IT ' v V' i.v-- bad to hmi a ptctty co-.v v'-tl- S.'-V-L' -r ;_V ;