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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 17, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta JUST LIKE HOME - Lethbridge isn't, of course, the only windy city in the country. Chicago can lay claim to a few blustery days of its own and Tuesday it was hold- onto-your-hat as gusts reached nearly 40 miles an hour. Girls, at left, without head coverings found their hair swirling in all directions. Talk runs ahead of action in debate on oil pipeline WASHINGTON (CP) - The fastest-moving drama in town these days is the debate over the' Alaskan and-or Canadian pipeline to tap the vast oil resources of Alaska's North Slope. But as in a bodly synchronized movie, the talking is running far ahead of the action. Now that the risks inherent in the original scheme for a trans-Alaska line have sparked understandable concern in Canada, the verbiage is burgeoning on yet another front. No one denies the potential for damage in the various schemes. But the note of urgency running through it all somehow seems to suggest that irreparable damage to the environment is going to be wrought next Tuesday unless something is done today. However, several octaves below this shrill debate-if one listens closely-may be heard calmer voices. In effect, they seem to be saying: "Cool it. There isn't going to be any northern pipeline anywhere for a long, long time." Although generally discounted or even unheard in the cavalry charge to rescue the northern environment in the nick of time, there is much in recent history to support the conclusions of these voices. After discovery of the North Slope oil, Alaska, in an act that now seems precipitous, auc- tioned off the oil leases for mil- quantities of pipe from Japan lions of dollars. Subsequently that now is piled in Alaska, Alyeska, a consortium of seven costing additional millions to oil companies, ordered great protect and maintain. They bad Panarctic to drill north well CALGARY (CP) - Panarctic Oils Ltd. is expected to start drilling another exploratory well this weekend in the Arctic islands, and will probe what is believed to be the largest convex rock fold in the north. The well is to be spudded at a location on the Fosheim Pen-ninsula of EUesmere Island about 1,900 miles northeast of Edmonton. The structure, where the drilling will take place, is estimated to contain 6,000 feet of potential hydrocarbon sands. Panarctic President Charles Hetherington says that geologists can determine in relative terms the age of the most ancient rock and as they proceed in a circle away,from it they find the formations become increasingly younger. The oldest formations are the most likely traps for fossil fuels, he said. He also said the Arctic offers certain advantages to geologists because there is no glacial residue to cover up the rock formations. The dome to be drilled sticks up about 2,000 feet. The well is planned for 14,000 feet in depth. Boy, 9, MUed while helping wash dishes WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (AP) - A nine-year-old boy died here when he fell on a kitchen knife while helping wash the dinner dishes. Police said Samuel Tartag-lione was standing on a foot stool, helping his sister, Doreen, 13, wash dishes. The stool apparently slipped and the boy fell against a dish rack sending the knife-'s ll-inch blade through his heart. DELAY URGED - A U.S. government official has urged delay in granting right-of-way permits to build an oil pipeline across Alaska until a thorough study can be made of an alternate route through Canada. Map shows possible routes from Prudhoe Bay across Alaska to Valdez and down Canada's Mackenzie River valley to existing pipelines at either Edmonton or Emerson, Man. He expressed fears of environmental damage that might result from loading oil on a tanker fleet at Valdez and transporting it down the Pacific Coast. Alberta wants Athabasca link EDMONTON (CP) - The Alberta government wants any oil pipeline from Alaska to link with the Athabasca Oil Sands before continuing to the United States, says Premier Harry Strom. The premier told an im-promptu news conference that Alberta is "very, very interested" in the proposal to run a pipeline from the Alaska oilfields down the Mackenzie Valley and into Alberta and then to the U.S. However, he said, it "is most important that this can enter at a point that will take into account the large field that we anticipate developing in the oil sands." One plant. Great Canadian Oil Sands, is already produc- ing 45,000 barrels of oil a day at the oil sands, 250 miles northeast of Edmonton. Another, Syncrude Canada Ltd., is seeking permission to extract up to 125,000 barrels a day from the oil sands. Scientists have estimated that the oil sands contain about half of the known oil reserves of non-communist countries. "We will do everything we can to take advantage of the pipeline," Premier Strom said. "We have had considerable discussion with some of the people who are involved in the proposals at the present time." He said under questioning this does not include the U.S. companies promoting the pipeline down the Mackenzie Valley. hoped to start this spring to build the 800-mile line down through Alaska to the year round port of Valdez. An interior department report on the plan seemed satisfied that all was well. Then, suddenly, everything went wrong for proponents of the Alaska line. At public healings on the preliminary interior department report, critics put up a good case in charging: The northern environment would be severely damaged; the claims of native people in the area had not been properly considered; the threat of earthquake in that area was a vital consideration that had been largely overlooked; the fleets of tankers required to move the oil from Valdez would be a horrible pollution threat to the British Columbia and northwest U.S. coastal areas. The new'interior secretary,-Rogers Morton, laid there would be much more study before his department would approve the idea. There would certainly be no Alaska pipeline this year. Not only that, he made clear federal permits could not be granted at least until Alaska native land claims were settled by Congress, a matter thrown out in the last Congress and likely to take several months before being resolved. If the claims go before the courts subsequently, the delay could be much greater. Meanwhile, although the Canadian government has not formulated a firm policy on the issue, several ministers have coupled their fears for the B.C. coast with the suggestion that a Canadian line down the Mackenzie Valley to the U.S. Midwest be considered. AGREE TO STUDY Others, including the influential William D. Ruckleshaus, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, have said this idea should be given thorough study. Morton agrees. Representatives of the seven oil companies have an appointment in Ottawa next week to discuss the matter, despite the fact they are already so deeply committed financially to the Alaska plan. Still, among the points that caught the notice of those who think it will be a long time before any pipeline is built, is the fact that External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp has declined to offer the Canadian route outright as an alternative. Also, some observers here suggest that many of the environmental hazards inherent in the Alaskan North would apply equally to the Canadian North. As in Alaska, Canada has native people in the area who would have to be considered. And the pumping of hot oil through a pipeline embedded in Canadian permafrost is no less of a threat than that in the permafrost of Alaska. Certainly, say these observers, the Canadian route would require as much study-and attract as much skepticism-as the Alaskan route. And, as the New York Times points out, there is no need to rush it: "The oil of Prudhoe Bay cannot be, in quantity, a substitute for oil imported from other parts of the world. It is additional oil that (the U.S.) may require in time, but that time is not this year or next. "Until there is no longer a question of how it may be transported with the least damage to the earth, there is every reason to leave it safe in its Arctic vault against the day of need. The Lethbridge Herald FOURTH SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, March 17,1971 PAGES 29 TO 40 Few natives aware of wildlife refuge Miracle among rubbish spit in smog-filled New York city By JOYCE EGGINTON London Observer Set-vice NEW YORK - Within the smoggy boundaries of New York City, there is a huge wildlife refuge of which few New Yorkers are aware. It is en-dosed in the marshy crescent of Jamaica Bay, bounded by Kennedy Airport on one side and one of the less attractive stretches of Brooklyn on the other. A seven - mile sandspit stands between the front of the Bay and the high breakers of the Atlantic Ocean. On all other sides, Jamaica Bay is surrounded by ugliness. Part of the shoreline is taken up by one of the city's garbage dumps - a great wasteland of unidentifiable trash, preyed upon by hosts of scavenging seagulls who swarm down through air polluted by the thick, black smoke from the Sanitation Department's monstrous incinerators. Almost everywhere else around toe Bay is further evidence of man's contempt for nature: broken bottles; rusty beer cans, shredded newspapers and discarded motor tires. Behind these acres of litter are the stark outlines of fuel tanks and gas works. Jamaica Bay is also the city's dumping ground for a quarter of a million gallons of sewage every day and, until it was recently outlawed as a fire hazard, of the unwanted jet fuel and oil which Kennedy Airport spewed out. These past few years Jamaica Bay has suffered just about every insult the dty can give. The ultimate insult was con- tained in a recent project of the Port of New York Authority which would have extended the runways of Kennedy into Jamaica Bay. Frustrated in its attempts to obtain enough land to build a fourth New York airport, the Port Authority hoped to ease the congestion in the skies by spreading out the concrete complex of Kennedy \into the marshes. To the majority of New Yorkers, who know nothing about Jamaica Bay, the proposal seemed fair enough. Some undoubtedly thought it less destructive than the recent expansion of La Guardia airport, where a lagoon once used as a pleasurable boating lake was filled in to create extra car park space. But, as a vociferous group of conservationists pointed out, the expansion of Kennedy could have caused an ecological disaster - for despite the city's steady outpourings of effluent and excrement there survives in the heart of Jamaica Bav one of the most valuable wildlife refuges in America. The refuge takes up 9,000 of the Bay's, 13,000 acres, making it well over half the size of the island of Manhattan. From the shoreline it is hard to judge the extent of the Bay because the marshes are so flat and still, and the sky so even in texture that the light plays tricks with distances. In one direction the marshes look as endlessly bleak as a scene from Dickens; in another the distance across them seems but a short step into Manhat- tan - although this is at least 10 miles as the birds fly. Against the flatness of the landscape the midtown skyscrapers stand out clearly behind the stubby skyline of Brooklyn. The only way to reach the heart of the Bay is to walk on footpaths across the marshland, paths which lead to inlets and creeks and tiny islands with lovely rural names like Pumpkin Patch Channel, Silver Hole Marsh, East High Meadow and Yellow Bar Hassock. Here among the reeds and beach grass live a wonderful variety of ducks and other waters birds, including the rare glossy ibis - a marsh bird once thought to be extinct in this area but now breeding happily in Jamaica Bay. In the bushes and willow trees are nests of sparrows, snow buntings and even thrushes, the first thrushes ever to be sighted in North America. Their arrival caused such excitement among ornithologists that a plane-load of them flew in from Texas just to see them. BIRDS FLOURISH The birds flourish because salt marshes, constantly cleansed by ocean tides, have a marvellous way of turning human filth into nutritious food for wildlife and plants. But no one is sure whether the overtaxed natural resources of Jamaica Bay can be taxed much more and still support this great natural refuge. Under pressure from conservationists the Port Authority asked the opinion of the National Academy of Sciences before proceeding with the plan to extend Kennedy Air- port. Happily for the birds, the National Academy has just completed a detailed study which recommends leaving the Bay alone and concentrating on improving airport efficiency by rescheduling a number of airline departures and redesigning some of the runways. "We were hoping that the Na-tional Academy would come up with some kind of compromise which would have enabled us to use a bit of the Bay," a Port Authority spokesman admitted, "but we shall follow the recommendation." Now bird - lovers have only to fight off a desire by the Army Corps of Engineers to dyke off some areas of the Bay which become heavily flooded during stormy weather - a proposal which has much support among people who live around the Bay but which could also alter the ecology of the area and perhaps doom many species of wildlife. But again the conservationists seem likely to win. As a result of all this recent publicity about the Bay, many New Yorkers have visited .the area who never thought of doing so before. It is possible to get there by travelling on a dirty New York subway train to the end of the Brooklyn lines. 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