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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Miners ordered to testify on job experience GRAND CACHE, Alta. (CP) Subpoenas were served Mon- day on six miners ordered to testify on their experiences when being hired by Mclntyre Porcupine Mines Ltd. While the subpoenas were go- ing out, officials of the United Steelworkers of America issued a release accusing MIntyre Porcupine of "betraying" hun- dreds of miners who left their homes to work for the company Pure air defended by court WASHINGTON (AP) The United States environmental movement appears bound for a head-on collision with the energy crisis because of Mon- day's Supreme Court defence of pure air At the urging of the Sierra Club and other environmental- ists, the Supreme Court upheld a lower-court decision that the Clean Air Act of 1970 forbids any "significant deterioration'1 of existing pure air. Spokesmen for environmental- ists and industry said the ruling may bar construction of coal- fired electric generating plants at least until new technology can be developed to clean them up. Larry Moss, vice president oi Sierra Club, said environmental groups anticipate a major effort by the coal and power in- dustries to get Congress to amend the law. Moss said, "This is probably the most important environmen- tal decision in the history of the movement. We are prepared to go to whatever extent as neces- sary to make sure this is not reversed in Congress." Even before Moss was inter- viewed, Carl Bagge, president of the National Coal Associ- ation, said Congress must re- vise the clean-air law imme- diately. In the meantime, the U.S. En- vironmental Protection Agency (EPA) is drawing up regu- lations to carry out the law, ex- pected to be effective sometime after June 30 A spokesman for EPA said the agency still must define the amount of deterioration in air quality that may be allowed. Moss said the Sierra Culb and Its allies have suggested that additional pollution in relatively clean-air regions be limited to no more than 10 per cent of existing levels, down to a miirimuin allowance of about four or five micrograms per cubic meter. Such a level would be more than 10 times as strict as the most stringent nationwide air- quality standards, having its strongest impact in areas with the cleanest air, such as the open spaces of the southwest where giant new coal-burning plants are planned. "Coal-burning power plants, using present technology, are massive emitters of said Moss. "I suspect coal-burn- ing plants will not be able to pass the test of no significant pollution." The National Coal Associ- ation's Bagge says the law "will stop the construction of any new fossil-fuel power plants in most of the United States." "It will also wash out any prospect of producing synthetic natural gas or petroleum from the great coal and oil-shale re- serves of the nation, tailing our best chances of meeting the energy crisis from our domestic he added. in this new town 235 miles west of Edmonton. The union, which represents production workers at the com- pany mine 12 miles north of here, will table the accusations with the Grande Cache mission when its testimony is formally filed Wednesday or Thursday. The three-man commission, headed by former Canadian Pacific Railway president N. R. Cru was ordered by Pre- mier Peter Lougheed in Febru- ary following a severe set-back to the town's growth when Mc- lntyre Porcupine (eliminated about 150 jobs in January. PRECAUTION The subpoenas served Mon- day are to eliminate any com- pany claims at a later date that the miners' grievances as presented in the union brief are only examples of hearsay, a commission spokesman said. Local 7621 and District 6 of the union charge jointly that Mclntyre Porcupine lured coal workers from Nova Scotia and Great Britan with promises of at least 15 years employment possibly up to 30 years. The federal government is also implicated because the de- partment of manpower and im- migration paid the way of miners leaving Great Britain with low-interest travel loans, said the union "Instead of job security, the workers have found economic fear and a callous manage- ment thaT is speculating with workers' lives and their fam- ilies." The four-year-old community of Grande Cache was shocked when Mclntyre Porcupine an- nounced its ISO-man reduction. The union says the company had projected employment at in the underground and open-pit mines, but fewer than 800 were hired. The steelworkers are urging the commission to subpoena Mclntyre Porcupine's personnel records and any relevant ma- terial from government files on the development of the mines. NOT ALL BAD However, not all the evidence placed before the commission is expected to fall hard on the company. A 197-page copyrighted infor- mation study, sponsored joint- ly by the new town's adminis- tration and the Chamber of Commerce, notes: "the com- pany endeavored in every way to make Grande Cache, and its Smoky river mining opera- tions, a model operation ir terms of planning and specia amenities." The report praises Mclntyre Porcupine for its efforts in at- tempting to establish a modern coalmining community. "If selfish interests had pre- vailed, financial shortc u t s might easily have been effect- ed by allowing the development of a mining slum, district on the sfte of the the re- port said. "To say that Mcln- tyre Porcupine, as a company, has exhibited no social con- science is not only historically untrue, but is clearly an irre- sponsible misrepresentation of the facts." The Land of the midnight sun Flying high in the land of the midnight sun a Can- adian Forces fighter plane refuels from a Forces Boeing 707 during mile flight from Quebec to Norway. Eight fighter planes and two 707s made the trip in a test of Canada's NATO premise that she could deliver two squadrons of to NATO partners in an emergency. billion project Cost estimates for tunnel climb Diesel speed record claimed LONDON (Reuter) Britain claimed a world speed record for diesel engmed trams today with a 141-imle-an-hour run that beat a 34-year German record. The speed was achieved be- tween the towns of Thirsk and Tollerton in northern England ay an experimental train. The German record of 133 mp.h. was set in June, 1939. France holds the record of 206 m p h. set with an electrirc train near Bordeaux in 1955. EATON'S HEARING AID CENTRE LCTHBRIDGE STORE MONTHLY HEARING AID CLINIC Thursday, June 14th TO a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring many new 1973 models of famous brand names, designed to give you the maximum in comfort and clarity: Eaton's Stereo Room Phone 327-8511 For Appointment MEMBER OF ALBERTA HEARING AID DEALERS' ASSOCIATION LONDON (AP) Cost esti- mates are rising by the minute as supporters -work to move a much-discussed English Chan- nel tunnel from the dream to the construction stage An engineering report due for debate in Parliament later this week says it will cost bil- lion to have the two railway tubes in operation by T380. The tunnel would enable trains to carry passengers, autos and freight between Lon- don and Paris in 2 hours, 40 minutes, less than half the present time by rail and ferry In 1963, experts had talked of completing the tunnel in the 1960s, at a cost of million. Ironically, high costs were one reason the British govern- ment delayed construction then The same argument is being heard now against the tubes. But supporters argue that, if Britain and France continue to hesitate, it will cost still more. A parliamentary green ligh is needed for the project to move forward, even though the British and French govern ments last August an agreement on final prepara tions for construction to this year. The next phase is building oi tunnelheads and short pilol tubes near Folkestone, England and at Sangatte, maar Calais France. During preparation of the lat est million report by one British and one French con suiting firm, all the traditiona arguments were raised agains linking the two countries by un dersea tube. And some critics came up with a new reason re- flecting the tunnel carrying most of Britain's trade with Europe, would become a Lybia to control U.S. oil firm TRIPOLI (Renter) Libya'; decision to nationalize the hold ings of the Bunker Hunt 01 company is seen in Tripoli as a clear warning to other Unitec States oil firms that the sam might happen to them Col. Moammar Khadaty, the Libyan leader, announced the nationalization of Bunker Hun at a mass rally in Tripoli Mon day marking the third anni versary of the withdrawal o US. forces from Wheelus Air Force Base. He told a cheering crowd tha the time had come to threaten U.S. interests in the Arab re- gion because Washington was providing Israel with a contin uous flow of weapons as a chal- lenge to the Arab world and to enable Israel to defeat the Arabs. "America needs a slap on the he said. "It is high time for the Arab peoples to confron) America and threaten its inter- ests in the region Attacking US. oil firms, he said, "in our negotiations with monopolist American oil com- panies we are facing the arro- gance and intransigence of American imperialism "The time might come when here will be a real con- rontation with oil companies and the whole of American im- perialism." The Libyan leader told the rally the nationalization was an act of sovereignty and that Hunt lacked the legal status to carry on any oil oper- ation in Libya. COMPANY MUM The Bunker Hunt company Is based in Benghazi and is en- gaged in drilling work. Com- pany officials here refused to give any details of the nation- alization, including the firm's concessions and assets. The take-over gives Libya full control of the rich Sareer oil- field, which had been shared by Bunker Hunt and British Petro- leum The BP share was annexed at the end of 1971 by the revolu- tionary Libyan government after it accused Britain of collu- sion in the seizure by Iran a three islands in the Persian Gulf. Negotiations broke down l December on a Libyan demand for joint control of Bunker Hunt's holdings and the Libyans then called for a 100-per-cent in- terest in oil companies on their territory. Three other U.S companies Oasis, Amoseas and Occidental, are believed to be negotiating on the latter demand. Khadafy warned last month that the Arabs might use oil as "the ultimate weapon" in the Middle East conflict and told a news "If the Arab governments do not do this the Arab peoples will take the in- itiative and do it" Date set for election SAIGON (AP) An election will be held Aug. 26 for 50 per cent of the South Vietnamese Senate, the official news agency Vietnam Press reported today. The Senate consists of 60 seats with six-year terms. An election is held every three years for half the members. An election law promulgated Vfanday by President Nguyen Van Thieu prohibits "people working for the or >emg pro-Communist neutral- ist" from participating in the election. Pedestrian paradise TOKYO Authorities iave banned cars Sunday from a 3.4-mile stretch of streets in he heart of Tokyo to form what they called a "pedestrian paradise." The streets will be closed to cars every Sunday and holiday from noon to 6 pjn. target for terrorists. Over the decades, various proposals were shelved, mainly out of strategic considerations. The British always felt safer behind their large moat, the English Channel. But this is il- logical now that Britain has joined the Common Market, tunnel advocates say. BRIDGE COSTS MORE There is still opposition to a tunnel from those who favor a biidge. But a bridge would cost an estimated billion. The proposed 37-mile tunnel could carry cars an hour in both directions and in only 10 days could handle all of the 1% million vehicles carried by ferry in 1971. Travel is growing so fast, however, that by 1980 it was predicted there would still be business for femes, especially large container ships. According to the 1972 British- French agreement, a British and a French private company would put up half the costs; the governments, the rest. The lat- est report said the enterprise would pay for itself in 25 years and in 50 years the tunnel would pass completely into pub- lic ownership. 19. THIIETHMIDOI HWAIP IT Technicians agree to job rate plan EDMONTON (CP) Fifty- five medical technicians at Misericordia Hospital have signed an agreement switch- ing from a salary scale to a Job rate, the firet of its type in Canada, according to offi- cials. Instead of being paid by a scale which gives a raise every year for four years, the techni- cians will set a starting salary for six months then a stand- ard job rate, explained R. M. Heise, assistant executive per- sonnel director at the hospital. The agreement follows a recommendation by a federal study of health costs that sal. ary scales for technicians be phased out. It is the first time in Can- ada technicians have gone from an increment system to a flat job said Eraser Candy, president of the Misericordia Chapter of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta. Mr. Candy said the chief ad- vantage of the system is that the hospital can predict its costs more accurately with all technicians receiving a flat rate. 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