Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 31, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
20 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, January 31, 1975 North pipeline plans 'needed9 for future energy By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Stuff Writer A complete plan for frontier development is necessary to make northern Canada's potential energy reserves a reality, an official of Cana- dian. Arctic Gas said Thursday in Lethbridge. "The planning we do now is really for the next three to four said Alec Hemstock, environmental studies director of the 26- company consortium. He was speaking to a joint meeting of the Lethbridge and Medicine Hat branches of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta, and the Association of Engineer- ing Technologists. The cost of pipelines to bring out Arctic petroleum resources in the next 15 years could reach billion, he said. Conventional winter construction techniques could be used to build pipelines from the Arctic mainland to the provinces. Canada already lias more than miles of pipeline, mostly built in the winter under "Arctic" con- ditions, he said. LARGE SCALE Past experience would be extended on a larger scale, he said. There will be more tons shipped in over longer dis- tances, the environment will be more sensitive and the per- mafrost will require special handling. Arctic pipeline proposals include the Alyeska pipeline to take crude oil across Alaska from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, the Arctic Gas proposal to move natural gas from Prudhoe Bay and the Mackenzie Delta down through Canada, the Polar Gas pipeline from the Arctic Islands, an El Paso Natural Gas proposal to take Prudhoe Bay gas across Alaska for li- quification and tanker shipment, and a crude oil pipeline from the Mackenzie Delta. Work is under way on the Alyeska pipeline, and Arctic Gas has applied for govern- ment approvals. 900 MILES The 48-inch diamet'er Alyeska pipeline to Valdez will stretch 900 miles, and be capable of carrying two million barrels of oil a day. Already men are doing preliminary work, and the labor force will peak at Pipe will be laid this year and oil will flow in 1977. Parts of the line will be built above ground on piles to protect.the permafrost from heat transfer, as the Prudhoe Bay wellhead temperature is 175 degrees. The input of pumping energy and the large volume will keep the temperature up, said Mr. Hemstock. The cost of this project has escalated from million to billion since it was- first planned. Polar Gas is a consortium studying two routes for a natural gas line from the Arctic Islands. One route would go west of Hudson Bay, through northeastern Manitoba and into Ontario. The other would go east of the bay into Quebec. The pipeline would have to cross 150 miles of Arctic Ocean channels, with water up to 900 feet deep. RESERVES NEEDED But to make the pipeline economical, it would need reserves of 20 trillion to 30 trillion cubic feet, he said. The Arctic Gas system would start at Prudhoe Eay, extend to the Mackenzie r Delta, south through the J-ilgtlt moment Yukon, the Northwest Perched above a sheet of ice at the Lethbridge Territories and Alberta, and Curling Club, Ruben Friesen, 801 14 St. S., installs Homing fixtures being added the Saskatchewan. building. The new lighting is being installed for the Public hearings will start Canada Winter Games curling event, later this year. Arctic Gas's evidence and studies filed in support of the applications took up 104 tons of paper, he said. In addition to the engineer- ing design and construction aspects, the environmental, social and economic impacts, and alternate routes and alter- nate transport, methods had to be studied. 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He said a Soviet pipeline in Western Siberia, has been supplying a city of since 1970. It is in the same latitude as Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. The Arctic Gas project could tap proven reserves of 33 trillion cubic feet about a 20-year supply, and with potential .reserves of 50 tcf could still be operating in 50 or 60 years, he said. But the energy remains potential unless it is brought south. And as the Syncrude project is now demonstrating, planning cannot be turned on and off, he said. City trophy night Saturday The Lethbridge Fish and Game Association will conduct its annual trophy night Saturday at 8 at. the Lethbridge German Canadian Club. On display will be an estimated 50 sets of antlers and horns. Thirty five fishermen will receive honors for trophy catches and 12 awards for outdoor photography will be presented. Nature photos drew large crowd A crowd estimated at 190 persons crammed into an auditorium at Lethbridge Community College Thursday night to see the nature photography of Cy Hanson, Edmonton. Dr. Hanson, formerly of the University of Alberta, showed wildlife slides and a film gathered in his career in biology. The appearance was sponsored by the Lethbridge Naturalists' Society. Workshop to be Saturday A workshop will be conducted Saturday at Lethbridge Com- munity College on collecting antiques. The course begins at 9 a.m. Pre-registration may be accomplished by telephoning the school of continuing education. The headline of a previous story was incorrect. Christmas lights requested If your outdoor Christmas lights are in place, don't worry. But if you've already taken them down, the Winter Games Society wants you to dig out your ladder and put them back up. Outdoor Christmas decorations, says Games President Charles Virtue, are an appropriate way for Southern Albertans to display their hospitality to visitors coming here for the 13-day event. 6Work ethic' welfare to begin, forcing some to take jobs By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer A revamped welfare system designed to force some Alberta welfare recipients back to work this summer is expected to have little affect on Southern Alberta. Lethbridge regional direc- tor of health and social development for the province 1 Bob Rechner said today the 1 proposed "work ethic" change in the system will not affect many welfare recipients in this area if the current employment situation continues. Jobs are easy to obtain in Southern Alberta now, so most of those on welfare in this area are mothers with children, he explained. "I wouldn't expect that the change is a measure to force these women into employment: I would think they would still have the op- portunity to stay home with their he said. The major change in the system, introduced in the legislature Tuesday, calls for a 15 per cent reduction in welfare payments to welfare recipients who are able to work but do not enter job training or take employment within three months of first receiving assistance. 'EMPLOYABLE' The welfare recipients would be required to accept whatever type of 'work is available in any area of the province. Mr. Rechner sees difficulty administering the "work or penalized" system if the government maintains its pre- sent definition of "employable." The main criteria for being classified unemployable now is the medical condition of the individual. The regional director welcomed the change in the. welfare system that allows persons to earn more money while receiving assistance. By this summer, welfare recipients will be able to earn up to a month with no cuts compared with under the current system. After the level is reached, assistance would be cut by 50 per cent between and 75 per cent for ear- nings up to and 90 per cent of earnings above Increasing the amount of earnings an individual is allowed to earn before cuts will provide an incentive for some women to take part time jobs and men to take on low paying jobs, Mr. Rechner said in support of the proposed change. It is particularly important for men on the low end of the wage scale who have large families to support and need "a supplement to make a go of he added. VOUCHERS They'll have "more to show for their labor" and incentive to take a low paying and rather unpleasant job. A substantial reduction in the use of the controversial voucher system will eliminate many administration problems and speed the process of issuing welfare payments, said Mr. Rechner, who says the change will be welcomed by most social assistance field workers. Under the voucher system, there are so many oppor- tunities for error because of the number of people who han- dle them, he explains. "It causes no end to headaches." He expects the vouchers will still be used in situations where the welfare recipient's ability to handle money is questionable. Mr. Rechner says moving welfare recipients from one area to another for employ- ment purposes could cause "some source of stress" on the family but in Southern Alberta it isn't expected to create "a big problem." There are always some peo- ple who have chronic employ- ment problems but generally the need for assistance is short points out. LCC BOARD MEMBERS MUST RESIGN POSTS Two members of the Lethbridge Community College board of governors must resign because they hold Conservative nominations for the next provincial election. John Walker, a Fort Macleod physician, holds the nomina- tion in Macleod, and Dick Johnston, a Lethbridge accountant, holds the nomination in Lethbridge East. Mr. Johnston said according to provincial legislation, the board members have to resign before the formal nomination day because persons holding government appointments cannot 'run. He said he will probably stay on as long as he can to clean up his committee work. He is chairman of the finance and administrative structures committees of the board. Dr. Walker, chairman of the negotiation committee, said he will resign at the February board meeting. It would be unfair to the college to begin salary talks and then have to withdraw, he said. Corporate land may be 'unoccupied' Provincial takeover termed 'sensible' A provincial government takeover of the administra- tion and funding of short term welfare in April was called a "sensible approach" by a city official Thursday. Woman deported second time ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Phone 328-4095 PREMIUM ALL-PURPOSE GATES HOSE for conveying air, oil, grease, gasoline, insecti- cides, and fungicides. 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FOX LETHBMDfiE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL had been working since Dec. 11, 1974. Mr. Wray said that she was deported from Vancouver in 1972. That time she was using the name Pushpa Anjali. Gary Robinson, 21, of Lethbridge, was sentenced to three months in jail after he pleaded.guilty last week to a charge of forging a welfare cheque. A 23-year-old Quebec man, charged with mischief was fined, placed on probation and ordered to pay damages after he pleaded guilty to the charge. Court was told William Higgins kicked and broke a window at Eaton's store about 1 a.m. Thursday morning. The window was valued at Mr. Higgins was also charg- ed with illegal possession of li- quor. When he was arrested, court was told, he had a half bottle of vodka. Mr. Higgins was fined on the mischief charge and for the liquor charge and will be on three months probation. Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson also ordered him to pay the damages. Escapee back in custody Frank O'Quinn's escape from RCMP while entering the Lethbridge provincial court house Thursday was short lived. His capture went without incident. Mr. O'Quinn escaped in a nearby car but was captured at p.m. Thursday near Redcliff. RCMP said once he was spotted, he briefly tried to get away but the chase at that point was short and he pulled over and gave Mr. O'Quinn was placed in Medicine Hat police cells and is scheduled to be returned to Lethbridge today. Mr. O'Quinn, from Van- couver, was being transported with five other prisoners about 9 a.m. from the Lethbridge Correctional In- stitute to the court. He had been brought to Lethbridge Correctional In- stitute Jan. 24 on a remand. He is scheduled to appear in Medicine Hat court Feb. 6 for preliminary hearing. He was arrested recently in Medicine Hat and charged with being in possession of a stolen car. RCMP belive Mr. O'Quinn made his way as far as" Redcliff on district gravel roads. Police were helped in pin- pointing the man's location and direction of travel after a gas station attendant at Turin reported that at a.m. a man answering the escapee's description took worth of gas without paying for it. Community services direc- tor Bob Bartlett said he has always questioned the feasibility of the current situation that requires an ex- penditure of to ad- minister about in payments to welfare recipients. The Progressive Conser- vative government introduced legislation this week that calls for provincial takeover of the 10 per cent of welfare payments still shared by municipalities. The municipalities have been co sponsoring and ad- ministering short term assistance to the unemployed employable who have lived within their jurisdiction for more than a year. Mr. Bartlett said it now costs to staff and operate an office to ad- minister about a year in payments. After three month of receiv- ing assistance from the city, the unemployed employables then fall under the jurisdiction of the provincial health and social development office. City social services ad- ministrator Laurette Simon agrees social assistance can be more effectively ad- ministered from one office. She said Thursday it is dif- ficult for the city department to provide the service because it doesn't have access to com- putor records and other infor- mation that is accessible .on a province wide basis to the provincial regional office. The takeover from the municipalities will cost .the province an estimated It will cost the province about to assume the 10 per cent municipality share of short term welfare in this city. By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer PINCHER CREEK A Lethbridge hunter's charge of hunting on occupied land was dismissed when he. appeared in provincial court here Thur- sday. Decision was reserved on a similar charge against a Gleichen hunter, who was remanded to Feb. 28. Provincial Judge L. B. Levine said he would have to reserve his decision in the latter case because of the wording of a section of the Wildlife Act. Occupied land is defined un- der the act's Section 20 as privately owned land under cultivation or enclosed by a fence where the owner actual- ly resides, Judge Levine said. William K. Moyhihan of Gleichen is charged with hunting on occupied land own- ed by Pincher Creek Ranches Ltd., seven miles south of Pincher Creek. "When you really look at the section it refers to a person not a corporation can the owner be a corporation or does it have to be an actual Judge Levine asked. Most of the ranches in the area are owned by companies and if this section was taken to mean the land had to be oc- cupied by the owner, all com- pany owned land would have to be declared wide open, he said. Mr. Moynihan shot a bull elk on the morning of Nov. 13 on land the Wildlife Act defines as occupied land. He was in the process of skinning it when he was approached by a provincial parks officer who subsequently charged him, court was told. Mr. Moynihan, who is a professional guide, told the court he was unaware he was hunting on occupied land when he shot the elk. A similar charge against Wesley Grant English of Lethbridge was dismissed. Mr. English, a fisheries technician with the fish and wildlife department, was charged Nov. 18 with hunting on occupied land owned by Zoratti Ranches Ltd., which is about 15 miles west of Pincher Creek. Judge Leyine ruled the land was not occupied as it was not cultivated and not completely fenced. Mr. English told the court he had asked permission of a rancher whose property was adjacent to the Zoratti ranch. Bridge opening Feb. 7 A hint of a spring provincial election was the message in an announcement at city hall today that the 6th Avenue S. bridge will be officially open- ed Feb. 7. City officials had originally anticipated an April or May ceremony after paving of the bridge deck and other finishing touches had been added. But Mayor Andy Anderson said today the date was moved up at the request of Highways Minister Clarence Copithorne, who, the mayor said, wanted to open it while he was still highways minister. Mr. Copithorne announced earlier this month he will not seek re-election. The opening ceremony, to which the public is invited, will be held at 4 p.m. at the east end of the bridge struc- ture, and will necessitate clos- ing the bridge to traffic from Mayor Anderson said. Cartiliad Dental Mechanic CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLOG. Lower Levt: PHONE 327-2822 BERGMAN'S FLOOR COVERINGS AND CARPET CLEANING 2716-tad Aw. S. 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