Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Trapped steam supplies desert areas energy By RICHARD SEVERO New York Times Service CERRO PRIETO, Mexico On a savagely hot patch of des ert in Mexico's Baja California, the energy needs of nearly hal a million people are being met without the use of gas, oil or coal and with virtually no pol- lution. For the people of Baja and the Mexicali valley, the en- ergy crisis has become some- one else's problem. The'energy is geothermal steam trapped at feet be- low the surface at a tempera- ture of 675 degrees and piped to the surface where its power is channeled to turbines. Mexi- co's Cerro Prieto plant started operation in April and by the end of this month will be pro- viding at least kilowatts; Something Is Happening At RCKLSTOW Olympic Stain 1 Gal. Free with the purchase of 4 gallons Olympic sTmn 1602 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-5777, 327-5888 Open Mon.r Tues., Wed., Fri. and Sat. a.m. to p.m. Thursday Only a.m. to p.m. FREE DELIVERY "CHARGEX" COMPANIES LTD. within three months it will have an output of kilowatts, according to Bernardo Domin- guez, the enginer who is resi- dent superintendent. The 19 producing wells that make up the Cerro Prieto com- plex are 22 miles southeast of Mexicali near the Cucapah mountains. The complex is the biggest operating geothermal facility in the Americas and one of the largest in the world (New Zealand, Japan and Italy also have major It is being watched closely by en- ergy conscious United States scientists who know that geol- ogical conditions similar to Mexico's, which might permit massive geothermal develop- ment, exist in the western re- gion of the United States. Robert Rex of the University of California's Institute of Geo- physics and Planetary Fnysics thinks that in California's Im- perial valley alone, it would be possible to produce to 000 megawatts of electrical power. He said that Cerrb Pri- eto is currently tapping less than 1 per cent Of tha potential of the Mexicali valley, which j abuts the Imperial. R e x i laments that the United States has not yet developed its geo- thermal energy. Dr. L. Trow- bridge Grose of the Colorado School of Mines says such po- tential now exists in Nevada. Oregon, New Mexico, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, in addition to California. Jorge Guiza, head of the Mexican government's depart- ment of geothermic resources, is very cautious about making predictions PS to where this aev development will take Mexico, but he notes that at its present level, Cerro Prieto is saving Mexico barrels of fael oil a year. Dominguez esti- mates that by 1983, Cerro Pri- eto will have the capacity to >rovide electrical power to the istimated 2 million persons ftiursdar, 28, 1973 THI LtTHMItrOI HtRAlD Canada serves notice Sufety first needs new oil source who are expected to live in this area. QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Dental Mechanic. Capitol Furniture Bldg. PHONE 338.76P4 By WILLIAM BORDERS New York Times Service FORT McMURRAY In a sudden reversal of traditional trade relationship, Canada is serving notice to its energy starved American neighbors that they are going to have to look elsewhere for new sources of oil. "Sure we're going to keep on being friendly, and we'll be as helpful as we can with their energy said Donald S. Macdonald, the minister of Energy, Mines and Resources. "But if anybody's lights are going to have to be turned out, why should it be Canada, whose mineral wealth is symbolized by the huge deposits of oil here on the sticky black banks of the Atha- Floor Safes Insulated File Cabinets Vaults AVAILABLE NOW AT CHINOOK STATIONERS LTD. 319.7th ST. S. PHONE 327-459! Safety Vaults Wall Vaults Closet Vaults Protection Against Fire and Theft in the Home and Office basca river 500 miles north of Montana, is the only industrial- ized country in the western world that produces more oil than it consumes. TIDE REVERSED For some time, it had to do diplomatic selling job to per- suade the United States to buy a large share of the surplus Spiraling American consurr tion has feversed the tide witu- in the last year. Now the United States wants to buy oil and gasoline, but Canada is much less eager to sell. The Canadians are mak- ing it clear that American dreams of a joint energy po licy that would lead to pooled reserves remain simply dreams, for reasons that in- clude economic nationalism and domestic polities as cer- tainly as any geological find- ings. Here in northern Alberta, the miles and miles of spongy bogs around the Athabasca cover one of the richest oil reserves in the western world deep de- posits of gummy black sand that contain as much oil as Saudi Arabia. Although the sands are final- ly beginning to be exploited commercially, after years of costly experiments, oil flow- ing out of this pleasant little boom town is not likely to ease the American fuel shortage soon. Other sources are also being held more closely in check. Faced with sharply rising de- mands from south of the bor- der, Ottawa imposed stringent controls on oil exports, last Frbruary, and when the Amer- icans then turned to importing gasoline in vast quantities, the controls were extended to in- clude refined products. "We understand the Canadian an American official S H 0 W 2501 15th AVE. N. Builder: 6ERSTENBUHLER CONSTRUCTION OPEN: 2 P.M. TO 9 P.M. MONDAY THRU SATURDAY, JUNE 25 TO 30 Presented by PERKINSON ENTERPRISES (FORMERLY EL RANCHO REALTY) 520 6th St. S. Phone 329-0015, 329-0016 SALES CONSULTANTS: KEITH AIKEN, JACK THOMPSON, W. R. PERKINSON, F.R.I.; IAVERNE ACHISON, ESTHER HEPPLER, ERIKA GERSTEN BUHLER, LLOYD KNIGHT in Washington commented. "There's no reason that they should permit our shortage to be transmitted to Canada. But that doesn't make things any the less critical for us." "We no longer have any cu- he added. "We're des- perate for sources of oil in countries that we can count on, like Canada. But it's just not forthcoming." In the mid-1960's, the United States was producing four-fifths of the oil it needed, and import- ing almost all the rest from elsewhere in the western hemisphere, notably Canada and Venezuela. As consumption has soared, so have imports, and now a third of the oil that Americans use comes from abroad. Along with other nations, Canada has been increasing the amount of oil she sends, but at a slower rate. That has resulted in grow- ing American dependence on the oil-producing giants of the middle east, which are less sta- ble politically and often less friendly as well. Mavis Martin, 17, with pet kid (right) and sister Carolyn, 15, with pet ducks (left) cross a hazard- ous road to get to the fam- ily barn. Girls' mother put up the sign at the family farm outside Montreal be- cause she feared careless motorists. She says it works. TIMBER HARVESTED REVELSTOKE, B.C. More than 100 million cubic feet of sound timber has been har- vested from the Mica dam re- servoir area, 85 miles north of :ere. This is enough lumber to juild average houses. When filled, the reservoir will extend 135 miles. Second fur sales house not needed EDMONTON fCP) Doubts are being expressed here aboul the wisdom of the British Col- umbia Registered Trappers As- sociation in voting at a week- end meeting in Prince George to establish a trapper-owned fur auction house in Edmonton. "Edmonton is the centre of a vast fur said Joe Carty, president of the B.C. as- sociation. "It will draw three times as many furs as you could bring to Prince George." But Bill Levine of Edmonton Fur Auction Gales Ltd. said there is no need to establish a second fur auction house here. This firm has auctioned furs in Edmonton for the last 37 years and sells about ?3 mil- lion worth annually but last winter it took its furs to Win- nipeg. 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