Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The LetHbttdge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 146 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 1973 PRICE: 15 CENTS FOUR SECTIONS M PAGES Prolonged delays endanger billion north gas pipeline project By ANDY OGLK Herald Staff Writer r Prolonged delay of the Mac- kenzie Valley gas pipeline would not be in Canada's best interest, the president of Cana- dian Arctic Gas Study Ltd. said Friday. Vernon L. Horte, of Toronto, head of the consortium of Ca- nadian and American compa- nies working on the pipeline prpject, told a meeting of the Association of Professional En- gineers, Geologists and Geo- physicists in Lethbridge, fail- ure to achieve timely approv- als could endanger the bil- lion project. Mr. Horte said the economic viability of the pipeline hinges on being able to ship Alaskan gas from the Prudhoe Bay fields through it to the U.S. market. If the gas on tVj North Slope of Alaska was not avail- able to a pipeline extending across Canada, it would make it exceedingly more difficult to provide economic transporta- tion of gas from the Macken- zie Delta, he said. "It would require a very much greater initial export of Canadian gas. It would severe- ly retard exploration and devel- opment of northern gas sup- plies." Mr. Horte said for a number of reasons the trans-Alaska pipeline appears less advanta- geous but if there was a pro- longed delay of the Mackenzie Valley pipeline, the U.S. would be hard pressed not to pursue that alternative. "This could have serious con- sequences in Canada, he warn- ed. "It would be a horrible mis- take if it were to happen." "It is our said Mr. Horte, "that Canada will re- quire access to its Arctic gas reserves by the end of this decade, if continued adequate gas supplies are to be assured. "But by itself the Canadian market cannot provide the eco- nomies of scale required to make the transportation of North Slope and Delta gas an economically viable undertak- ing." By shipping Alaskan gas through the pipeline, which would have a capacity in ex- cess of four billion cubic feet per day, only a relatively small part of the potential reserves in northern Canada would have to be committed to U.S. mar- kets to make the pipeline fea- sible, Mr. Horte said. He said Arctic studies on the pipeline are nearing completion and the consortium will file applications with the National Energy Board and de- partment of Indian and north- ern affairs in Ottawa and with the Federal Power Commission in Washington late this fall. "If we are fortunate enough to obtain approvals within 12-18 months, we mifht be in a posi- tion to start construction dur- ing the winter of he said. "Two years of winter con- struction would be required to build as far as the gas re- serves in the delta, which might thus come on stream in 1977. A third year would be re- quired to extend the pipeline to Prudhoe Bay." He said Arctic Gas has spent million so far to examine in detail the engineering, eco- nomic and environmental as- pects of the pipeline since 1967. The pipeline envisioned Is some miles of 48-inch dia- meter pipe with nearly a three- quarter-inch thickness and an operating design pressure of 680 pounds per square inch. About 50 compressor and re- frigeration stations would be required to pump the gas out. On the economic aspects of the pipeline, Mr. Horte said fi- nancing studies are being con- ducted to devise a viable plan to raise more than half of the equity ownership in Canada, so that ownership and control will remain in Canada. "We are very optimistic about achieving this he said. Mr. Horte also predicted sev- eral thousand long term jobs will be developed as a result of the pipeline, exceeding the present available labor in the north. These wouldn't be just construction phase jobs, ha added. In detailing his summary of the pipeline research to the some 450 engineers, geologists and geophysicists at the ses- sion, Mr. Horte also said mil- lion in environmental research has convinced the consortium the pipeline can be built and operated with no Intolerable impact on the natural environ- ment or wildlife resources of the north. Air Canada strike on MONTREAL (CP) "Repre- sentatives of Air Canada and its machinists resumed con- tract talks Saturday morning while about 625 machinists in Calgary, Edmonton and Van- couver began a 24-hour walkout. The strike at the three west- ern cities, announced barely two hours before it began, was the first in a campaign of rotat- ing 24-hour strikes by the Inter- national Association of Machin- ists in its contract dispute with the airline. An Air Canada spokesman here said the walkout in Van- couver resulted in the cancella- tion of one flight from Van- couver to Toronto after a minor mechanical problem could not be repaired. The airline has about 35 flights in and out of Vancouver daily, the spokesman said. The contract talks, in the Viet ceasefire rift continues Survey SAIGON (AP) The Viet Cong said today there are great differences between it and the Saigon government in imple- menting a real ceasefire for Vietnam. The official statement, made at the Viet Cong's weekly news conference, added to growing skepticism about prospects for a realistic, long-term truce in Vietnam. Henry Kissinger and Hanoi's Le Due Tho are scheduled to meet in Paris Wednesday in the second round of negotiations Plan programs to cut down molester cases EDMONTON (CP) Block-parent programs aim- ed at child molesters will be established in the city later this month, Ron Austin, community relations constable with the city police department, said today. There were 104 child molestings in the city last year, Constable Austin said, with the peak period in the spring and summer. "We are getting more of them" and parents were becoming more concerned. "The block parent program will be geared to in- sure the safety of the children. It will aid and protect the children playing in the community. "We are in the early, formative stages of it now, but we hope to have this project in operation by the end of June so the students can get some instruction in the classroom on how it works. "In the summer we will have the playground in- structors give instruction to the children." Constable Austin said block parents will be as- signed to watch children in their area and immediately report any strange men accosting them. "The security of a city is dependent upon the pie themselves. The block parent program establishes a formal network for citizen reporting of emergency problems to the police.'' Inside Classified Comics Comment District Family Local News Markets Religion Sports 'Coffee nothing, it's your gas 28-32 24 4, 5 3, 22 20, 21 17. 18 26, 27 10, 11 13-13 Entertainment 7 TV............ 6 Weather 2 LOW TONIGHT 40, HIGH SUNDAY 80; SHOWEUS damage Vancouver firemen sur- vey damage caused by a fire ot an apartment house Friday. Four persons died in the blaze and seven others were injured. Police were still searching for more bodies today. Astronauts continue research HOUSTON (AP) Skylab's astronauts returned to their re- search today while ground ex- perts considered a space walk to free a jammed energy panel and the possibility of extending the mission beyond 28 days. Charles Conrad, Joseph Ker- win and Paul Weitz were re- laxed after a day off Friday in which they took man's first space showers, a welcome relief after eight days of work in the warm space station. Today also marked Com- mander Conrad's 43rd birthday. On the schedule were a series of sun and star observations, more medical investigations and an earth resources pass to make geologic, agricultural and oceanographic surveys in a 750-mile strip ranging from northwest of San Francisco to Mexico City. Ulster voters back Unionists Oil exporting countries get price boost GENEVA (Reuter) The world's major oil exporting countries will get an 11.9-per- cetit price increase from West- em oil companies under an agreement signed here today. The increase, to take imme- diate effect, will add millions of dollars to the cost of oil around the world. The increase compensates for the 10-per-cent devaluation' of the United States dollar three months ago and app'ies only to the six Persian Gulf states plus Libya and Nigeria. BELFAST tant politicians headed for a 'bugs victory in Northern Ire- land's local elections today, leaving battered Roman Catho- lic and non-sectarian parties in their wake. The Unionist party, tradi- tional representative of the province's two to one Protes- tant majority, won 207 of 509 seats with victors declared. Ten seats were still unde- cided and an election in one district was postponed because of the death of a candidate. Queen marks anniversary of coronation LONDON (Reuter) Queen Elizabeth celebrated the 20th anniversary of her coronation today at the traditional trooping the color ceremony in London's Horse Guard's parade. Thousands cf tourists slood in the sunshine to watch as men of the eight elite Guards regiments paraded before the Queen. Trooping the color, one of the oldest ceremonies in the British army, was started at the begin- ning of the 17th century. Since 1805 the reigning monarch has taken part in the ceremony. Hard line Protestants, who fear that Britain plans to sell them out to the overwhelmingly Catholic Irish republic, won 80 seats. The main Catholic party, the Social Democratic and Labor party, won only 81 seats, and observers said its poor showing was mainly due to the newly- formed Alliance party, an or- ganization of Catholics and Protestants who had hoped to bring peace to the province through non-sectarian politics. Alliance captured 61 seats. It appeared that many Catholic voters were -willing to give the Alliance a chance, but Protes- tants stuck to their traditional voting patterns. It appeared that Protestants would control 17 electoral dis- tricts and Catholics three. Inde- pendants and Alliance mem- bers hold the balance of power in the remaining six. aimed at implementing provi- sions of the Jan. 27 agreement that have never been put into effect. The two met for six days in Paris last month. Col. Vo Dong Giang, a senior spokesman for the Viet Cong delegation to the two-party Joint Military Commission, told reporters the Saigon govern- ment's delegation to the mili- tary commission "has not dis- played any change in its atti- tude." Giang said that the Viet Cong delegation to the political talks in Paris has advised Tho of four major problems blocking an ef- fective ceasefire and has pre- sented what he termed "con- crete and direct proposals." Giang also said Canada at- tempted to obstruct the work of the International Commission of Control and Supervision He accused Canada of dis- service to the maintenance of peace in Vietnam. presence of federal government mediator Roy A. Gallagher re- sumed about 10 a.m. EOT Sat- urday. The airline has said it will maintain service "to the limits of its ability" despite the rotat- ing strikes by the machin- ists. Commenting on the Inter- national Association of Machin- ists (IAM) announcement Fri- day -that it would begin the strikes today, the Air Canada spokesman said mediation talks F'riday left the company "opti- mistic" of an early settlement, but he did nat elaborate. Mike Pitchford, an IAM spokesman, said Friday the ro- tating strikes, intended "to bring the airline to the bargain- ing table in a frame of mind conducive to realistic negotia- were chosen instead of a general strike to minimize in- convenience to the public. "We're aiming at Air Canada, not the people who use it." NOTICE GIVEN He said there would be 24-, hour notice of each walkout, but that the place to be affected would not be announced. "Air Canada, iftth 24-hour no- a strike will take place in a particular region, could nul- lify any effects the strike could he said. Air Canada chairman Yves Pratte said Friday the strikes will disrupt travel plans of thou- sands of Canadians. The strikes will make their greatest initial impact on short- haul domestic flights. Many would have to be cancelled, he said. During the peak summer pe- riod, the company handles more than 500 flights and pas- sengers daily. About 80 per cent of these flights are domestic. The machinists across the country voted Widnesday in fa- vor of the strike shortly before talks resumed before federally- appointed mediator Roy A. Gal- lagher. At the time earlier talks broke down, contract demands by the machinists included a four-day work week and a wage increase of 15 per cent over a one-year contract. The last offer made by Air Canada was for a raise of 12 par cent over 28 months. The present rate for a two- year mechanic is between and Other disputed issues include the hiring of part-tune employ- ees by the company, classi- fication by Air Canada of jobs with bilingual requirements, a increase clause in pension plans, and a company request to change work sched- ules where there is "require- of service." CP Air, which is expected to absorb much of the Air Canada overflow, will be able to give only limited additional service since it has only 23 airplanes. GASOLINE PRICE HIKE PREDICTED BY LEWIS Three killed QUESNEL, B.C., (CP) Three men were killed today when the car in which they vere riding collided head on with a large van on a highway about five miles north of this northern British Col u m bia community. The three victims, all be- lieved to b2 from Prince George, died instantly. Their identities were not released. Driver of the van, Neil Campbell, 23, of Prince George, was reported in satis- factory condition s u f f ering bruises, cuts and shock. Police said a southbound car crossed the centre line of a straight stretch of raod when the collision occurred. VICTORIA (CP) David Lewis, leader of the New Demo- cratic Party, slammed inter- national oil companies again Friday night, predicting that the price of gasoline in Canada will go up 10 to 15 cents a gal- lon before the end of the sum- mer. He attacked specifically Im- perial Oil, Shell and Gulf. He said they unnecessarily in- the price of crude oil, and said the only reason was to take advantage of the energy shortage in the United States. "It's time for the people of Canada to enjoy their own re- sources at reasonable he told an enthusiastic crowd of 500 at an NDP fund raising event in suburban Esquimalt. In Eastern Canada, because the big oil companies are ship- ping millions of gallons of gaso- line across the border, he said, independent gas station owners can't get enough supplies. "Small business people who have sweated their lives out to get independent outlets for gas will again feel the strength of the big corporations." Taking up the "corporate wel- fare bum" theme he used in the federal election campaign last fall, the NDP leader went after Imperial Oil (Canada) Ltd., which he said has made bil- lion in profit in the last 10 years, yet paid only four per cent in royalties an4 had ferred income taxes of about million. Asked later whether he favors nationalization of these oil com- panies, Mr. Lewis said this wouldn't be necessary imme- diately, but said there should be tighter controls over them, es- pecially regarding export of gas and oil. Expropriation proceedings started Action taken in water well issue and heard About town JOHN KOWAL shopping around to find a sugar beet hoa for his wife, Mary, to replace the one she wore out after only three years Shirley Nagurncy losing her way home from Calgary pnd travelling in circles on a full tank of gas until she found the right highway. By RIC 5WIHART Herald jStaff Writer The Municipal District of Willow Creek has started ex- propriation proceedings to gain control of a flowing well which was closed May 4, cutting 130 families off from household and livestock water supplies. Jane Whipple, owner of Gol- den Valley Ranch five miles north of Fort Macleod, is ac- cused of cutting the handle off of the flowing well located on her land to stop members of the North Maclsod Water Haul- ers Co operative from getting water. She claimed heavy use of the veil, located about one mile west of her buildings, was causing low pressure in anolh- er flowing well in her yard. She claimed also that cattle have been hit and calves bothered on her land by trucks driven to and from the well. Since the tap from the well has been cut, two trenches have been dug across the road to the well, preventing access to the site. The expropriation action has been advertised in the Ma- cleod Gazette and will come to a head at a meeting of the municipal council In Clares- holm June 22 at 10 a.m. Municipal District secretary- treasurer R. R. Hartfelder told The Herald Friday in a tele- phone interview that if all dis- trict councillors vote in favor of the expropriation action at the June 22 meeting, a bylaw can be passed immediately al- lowing the municipality to make an offer to buy a special land area zoned around the well site. If the vote isn't unanimously passed, third and final reading will have to be postponed until the July 31 council meeting. Once the bylaw is passed, it will have to be registered in the land titles office in Edmon- ton. The municipality, if it is suc- cessful in getting the necessary vote to register the bylaw, will seek 6.09 acres of land sur- rounding the well site for ?2500. Included in the special land area zoned for expropriation is the paved road leading from the main district road to the well site. In exchange for this road allowance, the municipal- ity would return an old adja- cent road allowance back to Mrs. Whipple. The old allowance has al- ready been returned to grass. Mi-. Hartfelder said if Mrs. Whipple refuses the municipal- ity offer the issue will go tha Surface Rights Board for a .hearing to decide on the value of the land parcel. The municipality has three months from the time of the passage of the bylaw to ap- proach the Surface Rights Board for a hearing, Mr. Hartfelder said the members of the water haulers group are desperately in need of water supplies and the need will increase as winter closes in. Some are getting water sup- plies from Fort Macleod. He said Granum has cut off water supplies to the haulers because the village can't handle the extra load. Another flowing well east of Claresholm is being used but the flow is very slow and it takes a long time to fill the tanks.