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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta U.S., Canada trade anxieties on coastal pollution WASHINGTON (CP) The United States has agreed to try to ease Canada's fears about oil tanker pollution along the British Columbia coast, but it also wants discussions about envi- ronmental dangers on the East Coast and in the Great Lakes. The tit-for-tat proposal is contained in a five- page diplomatic note from the U.S. state depart- ment, replying to a Canadian government request March 25 that the two countries work to- ward a wide-ranging agreement to regulate tanker traffic and protect the West Coast environment. The American note was delivered to the Canadian embassy here 10 days ago and has still not been made public officially. Ottawa requested that it be withheld until after the July 8 election, but the contents were disclosed to The Canadian Press after copies of the note had begun circulating among members of Congress and in other U.S. government departments. Both Canadian and American informants said Wednesday night that Ottawa's response may be one of qualified enthusiasm. While the Canadian proposals were largely accepted by the American government, the U.S. suggestion that other boundary waters be included in discussions is likely to be, in the words of one observer, "swallowed with reluctance" by Ottawa. In effect, the U.S. is suggesting that if oil- bearing tankers from Alaska cause concern to Canada, then the Canadian government should be prepared to discuss American anxiety about oil destined for the Atlantic provinces and Montreal refineries. A series of new deep-water ports and on-shore refineries in the Atlantic provinces promise an increasing amount of tanker traffic along the East Coast of North America. The U.S. also chafes at the substantial volume of oil delivered at Portland, Me., by tankers from Venezuela and the Arab states, almost ail of it trans-shipped by pipeline to Montreal. In addition, Canada last year vetoed a proposal that would have seen tankers passing through a narrow Canadian channel with oil for a lion refinery at Eastport, Me. The refinery project was subsequently rejected by the Maine Board of Environmental Protection. There are additional problems involving marine traffic in the Great Lakes System that the U.S. is reported to want discussed. The American note accepted Canada's proposals for negotiations in three main areas: a system of marine controls to assure that shipping is handled as safely as possible in boundary waters; Arranging an agreed method of compensation for the victims of shipping mishaps and accidental spills of oil or other pollutants; up a series of joint research and monitoring programs, covering such areas as tidal movements, weather and ocean forecasts, and the range of damages that pollutants can cause. The U S. also agreed to discuss possible alternatives to oil tankers from Alaska as a means of supplying American refineries in Puget Sound, just south of the B.C. border. The lethbrtdge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 1974 10 Cents 28 Pages Grain deal means boost to Prairies Inside Nixon and Brezhnev Nuclear test ban hoped for. SASKATOON (CP) The Prairie economy received a substantial 'boost Wednesday with announcement that the Canadian wheat board has sold million worth of grain to China. Otto Lang, minister respon- sible for the board, made the announcement of the 74.6-mil- hon-bushel sale here in the Saskatoon-Humboldt riding where he is seeking re- election. But the political aspect of the announcement failed to generate comment from agricultural industry spokesmen who concentrated on what the sale means to grain producers who have just come through a difficult spring seeding period, par-' ticularly in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. E.K. Turner, Saskatchewan president, said in Regina the sale will "do won- ders for the province's, econ- omy" and will pump about million into the pockets of Saskatchewan grain farmers. Classified........24-28 Comics............22 g District............17 g Local Markets...........23 Sports...........10-12 3 Theatres........... 7 TV.................6 S Weather............3 x Youth .............8 g. LOW TONIGHT 55; HIGH FRI. 80; g SUNNY, WINDY. g Nixon arrives in USSR for summit conference Milk money tied to HHH campaign WASHINGTON (AP) -The staff of the Senate Watergate committee says it has evidence that Senator Hubert Humphrey's former campaign manager helped engineer a scheme to funnel in illegal corporate aid to Democrats, including Humphrey. The campaign manager. Minneapolis lawyer Jack Chestnut, refused to testify under oath about the affair on B.C. Tory also Socred KELOWNA. B.C (CPl The Conservative candidate in Okanagan Socrdary in the July 8 federal election says he has joined Ihe provincial Social Credit party George Whitlaker. who represented the riding in the last parliament, told the Chamber of Commerce here Wednesday lhal Social Credit is the only party that can defeat the provincial NDP government He said most people he has talked to who vote Conservative federally vote for Social Credit He said be will continue to be a federal Conservative party member grounds he might tend to incriminate himself, the staff said in a confidential report. A former top campaign aide to Representative Wilbur Mills, Joe Johnson, also invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to testify about apparently illegal -aid to Mills's brief 1972 presidential campaign, the report said. It said Humphrey's 1972 presidential campaign got in apparently illegal corporate aid from the largest United States dairy co- operative. Associated Milk Producers Inc. The was part of a total of in illegal contribu- tions from AMPI, the report said. And. in separate donations, the report said, MilJs's presi- dential effort got in corporate aid from the milk producers and another incorporate aid from a sister dairy co-op. Mid-America Dairymen Inc A spokeswoman for Humph- rey said he had not seen the report, and "he won't want to comment on it until it is in its final form Mills could not be reached for comment The report said that both Humphrey and Mills have been asked to submit to interviews with one of the committee's members, but that neither complied with the request MOSCOW (AP) President Nixon arrived in Moscow today for his third summit meeting with Communist party leader Leonid Brezhnev. The president hopes his visit will produce a partial ban on underground nuclear-weapons tests and a slowdown on nuclear arms development by the two superpowers. Brezhnev was at Vnukovo Airport, decked with United States and Soviet flags, to wel- come the president. Two years ago when Nixon arrived in Moscow for their first summit. Brezhnev did not go to the airport to greet him. About 400 persons were at the airport to welcome Nixon. Nixon first reviewed a guard of honor, which hailed him with the cheer. "We wish you health He then heard a military band play the Soviet and U.S. national anthems. Then he and his wife shook hands with some of the people in the crowd, who were waving small U.S. and Soviet flags At the president's first Mos- cow summit, in May. 1972. the Soviet accorded Nixon a cooly correct welcome and Soviet Premier Nikolai Podgorny was the chief greeter. This time Brezhnev's appearance at the airport was seen as a sign of regard for the president since protocol did not require the presence of the Communist party leader No Herald Dominion Day The Herald will not publish Monday, Juiy I. Dominion Day Display ads for Thursday. July 4. must be received by 5 p m Friday. June 28 Classi- fied advertisements received up to 13 30 a m Saturday appear Tuesday July 2 Nixon's morning flight to the Soviet capital followed consultations in Brussels Wednesday with the Atlantic Alliance and the ceremonial signing of a declaration pledging wider co-operation within NATO. The Moscow summit was generally viewed as a means of maintaining the momentum of the Soviet-American detente launched by Nixon's May, 1972. trip to the Soviet capital and fostered by Brezhnev's return visit to the United States last year. No major break throughs are expected this time. Lebanon might request cut in oil production The announcement involves two shipping contracts signed in Peking each calling for about 37 million bushels. One involves grain purchased earlier and was the second to be negotiated under a three- year purchase agreement signed last fall. The three-year agreement calls for shipments of about 224 million bushels One of the contracts an- nounced by Mr Lang was in addition to the amount nego- tiated under the long term agreement a new sale and will bring the total sales to China during the calendar year to about 112 million bushels. Roy Atkinson of Saskatoon, National Farmers Union (NFU) president, said the sale will benefit Canada's economy as a whole. Most non-rural Canadians generally consider such grain sales as putting money into the pocket of the farmer but' they "must realize this injection of money helps all Canadians." "It should be considered as an earning of foreign currency being channelled through the farm sector and will be a major benefit to all he said. Walter Nelson of Avonlea, Sask.. president of the Palliser Wheat Growers Association, said a sale always is appreciated and while the price was gratifying the major problem is to be able to move the grain to export position. "It's a seller's market and I don't think any medals are in store today about the sale an- nouncement because we let better prices go by last fall." But Al Beatty of Calgary. Alberta Wheat Pool publicity- director, said the sale indicated the wheat board knew what it was doing in spite of earlier criticism. JUVENILE RING STOLE TO ORDER VANCOUVER (CP) Police have broken up a juvenile theft ring that specialized in steahng-to-order. Youth squad detectives blamed the ring for at least 32 break-ins in a territory stretching from the University of British Columbia campus to West Vancouver Police said Wednesday the children were given shopping lists of specific goods to steal Police said at least 15 boys and two girls were involved in the ring, directed by 10 or more adults who fenced the stolen property The juveniles are between 12 and 16 years old and all from the middle class Kitsilano area. Detective Leon Bourque, who has been working on the case for more than two months, said the gang chose only expensive- looking homes to break into. Twenty-nine were in the well-to- do Point Grey area, two in North Vancouver and one in West Vancouver. One of the victims was Attorney-General Alex MacDonald who lives in Point Grey. Ten thefts from cars were also involved. NEB hears plans for ethane board THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Lebanon has decided to ask the Arab countries to reimpose oil production cuts if Israel continues to attack Palestinian positions in Lebanon in reprisal for guerrilla raids, says the right- wing Beirut newspaper Al Jarida. The paper says Lebanese Premier Takieddin Solh will make the request at the emergency meeting of the Arab League defence council called in Cairo for Monday to discuss the Israeli raids into Lebanon. The council is made up of defence and foreign ministers of the league's 21 member states. Arab gunners and Israeli forces traded artillery fire across the Lebanese border on the western slopes of Mount Hermon today, the Israeli military command said. Seen and heard About town New Democrat Bessie Annand singing Pop Goes The Weasel with political lyrics at an election forum. cattle auctioneer Ken Hurlburt telling the same forum the Conservatives have nothing to oiler but their blood, sweat and steers. Plans for an Alberta Ethane Marketing Board to control natural gas marketing have been revealed in Ottawa this week at National Energy Board hearing on ethylene exports. Cliff Mort, vice-president of Dow Chemical of Canada Ltd. told the board: "We believe ethane supplies for our plant will originate from all sources of natural gas in Alberta. "We believe a marketing board will handle all sales of ethane in Alberta." In response to a NEB Mr. Mort said he didn't think an announcement of the formation of a marketing board for ethane had been made public. But an Alberta government official explained to the board the province planned such a marketing board to oversee extraction, collection, sale and delivery of all ethane extracted from natural gas in the province. Outside the hearing Mr. Mort told reporters an ethane marketing board had been promised by Alberta government officials in recent discussions. Alberta government officials were unavailable for comment this morning. Mr Mort said the province has provided written assurance that Dow's proposed world-scale ethylene plant, planned for Alberta by 1977: will receive sufficient supplies of ethane from the province's natural gas to make 1.2-billion pounds of ethylene a year. Ethylene, a key ingredient in the manufacture of plastic and other derivatives, is produced from ethane, a main component of natural gas The hearing is designed to rule on an application from Dow to export 10 billion pounds of ethylene. Wederfort released ADDIS ABABA (Reuter) A Canadian helicopter pilot captured by the separatist Eritrean Liberation Front (E.L.F.) three months ago has been released and is in Sudan, a Canadian embassy spokesman said here today. Donald Wederfort. 27, of Calgary, president of the Can West Aviation Co.. was released Wednesday night, apparently in the area of Kassala on the Sudanese- Ethiopian border and now is believed to be in Khartoum, he said. Big names big losers in big swindle NEW YORK