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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 21, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY IN 50s. LetUbridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 85 LETHBRIDGE, AI.BERTA, TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 22 PAGES decision before May Bv PETER BUCKLEY WASHINGTON' (Ci'l Tlie controversial tiuestion of how to bring Alaska's huge oil reserves to thirsty markets in tlio mainland United States has formally reached the desk of Interior Secretary Rogers C. B. Morton with publication here of a voluminous report that gave comparatively good marks to a possible Canadian pipeline route. No matter how Morton decides a decision won't come until May or later he faces continuing chal- lenge in the courts from conservation groups who al- ready have delayed pipeline construction for two years. Morton already lias rejected the conservationists' demands for a whole round of public hearings. He also has indicated he will approve a proposal by a consortium of seven companies to huild a 700- mile pipeline from Alaska's North Slope to the south- ern Alaskan port of Valdcz, at a cost of some bil- lion. The oil would then be taken by tanker to the U.S. West Coast. The report nine volumes covering virtually every jispect of the proposal is likely to provide ammuni- tion for roth supporters and opponents of the Alaska pipeline. Less threat on land In particular, those who have suggested a trans- Canadian route through tile Mackenzie Valley to the U.S. Midwest are likely now to renew their attacks. On numerous points, the report found a Canadian route would pose less of a threat to the environment than a trans-Alaskan pipeline or would be otherwise mora advantageous. On some other points, it finds nothing to choose between the two and in a few others it believes lira Alaskan pipeline would preferable. Interior Undersecretary William Pecora denied at a news conference that Die report "shows any prefer- ance" over-all for a Canadian pipeline. Reporters' questions imlic.iLu: of the believed 111? trans-Canadian route was preferred. On economic grounds, an accompanying report de- scribed the "Mackenzie Valley route as being at least "equally efficient" as trans-Alaska route, and said neither'would change the present oil-price differentials in mainland markets. On national security grounds, the report said a Canadian line would be just as but the U.S. needs Alaskan oil as quickly as possible for defence reasons and the trans-Alaska line would provide it some three years sooner. Therefore, the Alaskan line was favored. May sell overseas The report also indicated an expectation that some Alaskan oil perhaps as much as 25 per cent may he sold lo Japan or other foreign consumers, at least rJurinp the first few years of operation, if iltc pipelino serves a tanker port in Alaska. The Canadian government and conservationists in Canada have opposed tbe trans-Alaska proposal be- cause of the dangers to the British Columbia coast from large-scale oil shipping. However, Canada has not yet completed its studies of a possible Mackenzie Valley line and the uncertainty of its approval was frequently cited in the interior de- partment report, prepared on orders of a federal court at a cost of ?9 million. It was two years in the making. Tn Ottawa, a government spokesman said: "Re- causc their engineering studies arc completed and be- cause Die pipe already is stacked in Alaska, IViey have 3 Ihrev-ycar Mar! nn an American tbe spokes- man said. The Canadian government also line] doubts that the L'.S. would place so many development dollars in northern Canada rather than Alaska. Compares impact TJecauoC nf their greater length over land, it said all of the Canadian routes would liave more impact fh.m the Irans-Alaska route on vegetation and habitat, but most Canadian routes would have "about the samo or less impact than the; trans-Alaska routes" on fresh water fisheries. In their effect on the land itself, the report said, "it appears that the trans-Alaska routes would have less impact than the trans-Alaska-Canada routes." But the report indicated (hat the impact on the land and on land-based life could he largely reduced if the oil pipeline ran through the same right-of-way as natural-gas pipeline which it said is likely to bo built, probably through Canada. The rcpoil said Canadian pipeline routes should be viewed for impact, "in tbe context of po- lentffll oil and resources and prospective future pipeline developmrnl.s nf the entire North America Arctic, since in general the fewer the transport corri- dirs v, Iiifh mizlit. nil i mainly be used, the le.ss would bf Hif: injury lo nature." Some of Ihc sarc-o American companies iiuolvcxi in IMP pipeline alro arc, involved in seeking to develop a (rans-Alaska-Canada gas pipeline. Less onvironmcnal cost would result from a single transport carrier than fruni Iwo separate corridors. Sipnifiranl nil qa.< rliscmrrirs have recently brrn in Ihr area and on srvnrnl f'riiirKh.-iu aMir rOands, t.hi report faid. Officials examine slide area Survivor Matsushi Ogusuku In hospital by Vera Decoux Slide area whore three men buried ree Search pressed for By MOLLY LATKA and VERN DECOUX Herald's Crowsnest Pass Bureau MICHEL A slow, mud-slogging search continued today for (he bodies of three Blairmore brothers buried in a mud slide near liere Monday afternoon. Amelio, 32, Luigi, 4'2 and Serafino Marra, 37. were away by tons of mud and rock at about 1 p.m. Sole survivor tells story of horror By VERN DECOUX Pass IJmt'au JIECI1K1- "1 was buried in mud up lo iny waist.'1 Mnlsu.shi Ogusiikxi, ,W, is resting in tlie Michel Hospital todaj. lie is tlir sole survivor of a rmifl slide Monday that swept over noo feet of railway track and claimed Hie lives of tliree brothers. Tlicy were silting near the track. It was ahoul 1 p.m. "We lieard a pinging sound above us. We Jurnecl to see wbat it was. Then we heard a roar. There was a deluge of mud and water. It was just like a dam breaking. It came over (lie edge of the cliff." CARRIED OVER BAVK Amelio Marra, 32, Luigi (Louis) Marra, -12, and Sera- fino Marra, 37, were carried over a bank down into a gul- lev. Double disaster Weeping relatives watched Monday night as res- cue workers searched the massive slide. The lost men are all married with children. Then search operations were halted. It was feared more mud could come down. Bulldozers were called in to channel water from the slide area to lessen the risk of another slide. Today Die search grinds on. There is no hope for the men, believed hurled under the muck. EATING LUNCH They had been eating their lunch roar the CP Rail track. A fourth man, Matsushi Ogu- suku, 59, survived. He is in Michel Hospital today. He suf- fered broken ribs and cuts. They heard the mud coming. It buried more thai; -TOO feet of railway track after crashing doMTi a sleep cliff two miles east of Michel, The mncl threw the brothers over a bank and swept them into a gviUcy. A trader they had been us- ing (o clear smailer slides was carried 150 feet, south of tlio tracks. Heavy steel was bont and twisted by the momentous force. Mr. Ogusuku was earned to the east side of the slide. "My eyes were filled with he says, recalling the moments of confused terror. "I pushed my way out of the mud." II took place about two miles east of Michel. The four men involved are all from Blairmoro. Mr. Opusuku suffered broken ribs and cuts to his face and body. He is in satisfactory con- dition. The men were working for a CPR section gang. They had Keen clearing mud from the tracks. They had started work at 6 a.m. Monday. LIMA (Renter) A double disaster gripped Peru today as earthquake deaths and damage added to the horror of the coun- try's worst floods and landslides in living memory. The quake rinpcd through a jungle-cine! northeastern region early Monday, leaving at least seven rlcad, more than 50 in- jured nmf a small (own half-de- llou.se recesses for five days a! KDMOXTOX ICP) The Alberta legislature will take a five-day Kastcr recess, Premier Peter Loughecd gave notice Monday that members will get a break from p.m. MST Thurs- day, March 30 fo p.m. Wednesday, April 5. Last year the Kaster re- ;e s s las Led for f on r d a ys Muskic faces ballot test CHICAGO tAP) -Senatnr Edmund of Maine bat- lies two Democratic rivals in dual Illinois presidential pri- mary conlesls today, seeking a loot fur his shaken Hoi campaign in the months leading fo Ihr nominating ron- vpiity-in in July, stroyed, according to first offi- cial reports. But unofficial reports reach- ing Lima, the capital, put the death loll at 11. The first on the open-ended Richter struck the town of Juanjui, in San Martin province, and by dawn three more tremors had lol lowed. Juar.jui's airport was flat- tened and the town was cut off from (he rest of Peru except by radio. The nearby towns of Chacha- pnhas, Totora, and Durazno Pampa also were seriously damaged. The government prepared (n send planes to assist those 111 the stricken area. Its emer- gency resources are already under pressure because of floods and landslides w h i e li have killed more than 30 psople anr! left more than homeless in the last month. And the heavy rain which caused the floods and landslides is continu- ing, STORMS HIT JAPAN TOKYO fAP) At least persons were killed and 22 are reporttxl missing in blizzards and storms that swept parts of .Japan during tKe weekend Holi- day celebrating the arrival of spring. N'inotron mountain <'limbers f 1 icvl n Kuji, Ja pan'.s highe.-.l peak, Mhere heavy rain and winds np to 90 miles nn hour set off an avalanche. Six other climlxM's are missing. It was the worst mountain climb- in i? disaster TJII Hi? mountain since Mo-ronrl Wnrld War, Seen and heard About town pNTHUSIASTlC Jotm On- drick cleaning np his yard so he could use the pink- truck he just, bought to haul all the garbage to the dump dirty Palersnn re- fusing to sell her 12-year-old bicycle because "it has cha- racter." Brian Tyson noting that officials in Can- ada's irrigation capital were remiss in not providing British diplomat A. McLeod "with even one glass of water" dur- ing his lecture Monday. TKAINS KE-KOUTKD Sparwood RCMP, with ona member at the scene today, said it is doubtful if the bodies be recovered today. It forced tbe re routing of trains to the CP Rail main line between Calgary and Gold- en, D, W. Ale-sender of Nelson, B.C., superintendent of the Kootenay region of CP Hail, .said crews, including volun- teers from nearby mines, Hill not have the track cleared be- fore tonight. RCMP said the slide was ap- parently caused by a back-up of water trapped 70 feet above the trtck by coal mine tailings, The s earch effort tod ay i s bolstered by a Kaiser Resourc- es Ltd. mine rescue team. LONDON (CP1 Prime Min- ister Edward Heath's Conserva- t i v e government announced today sweeping measures to help British industry gear for tougii competition within the European Common Market and to slash unemployment. Anthony Barber, chancellor of the exchequer, also told the House of Commons old-age pen- sions will be raised by per cent. State funds, lie said, will bo made available for projects de- signed to bring down the coun- try's record high unemploy- ment. Introducing the government's annual las budget, Barber .said its primary aim was "to help British Industry to modernize, re-equip and reorganize to meet the challenge of greater interna- tional competition'' when Brit- ain joins the Common Market Jan. I. The chancellor also an- nounced measures to free the transfer of capital to countries within the sterling area and to Britain's future partners in the Common .Market. RAISE OTHER BEN'EFITS Barber said the increase in old-age pensions would be re- flected in most social welfare benefits and pensions for war veterans. The government raised these benefits and pensions last year. The total increase, taking in both those last year and now, he raid, would amount to 33 1-3 per cent. Barber also said there will further increases year iu tbe future.1' lie estimated the social wel- fare increases would cost an ad- ditional million bil- lion1) a year from public funds. The cban cellor s aid special corporation taxes will be intro- duced to give relief to small companies operating on low profit margins. Nearly companies, he said, will he af- fected. The 10 the treasury, he said, will be "substantial but well worth tlie encouragement, it give to small compa- Barber gave relief to corpora- tions by announcing that from Wednesday a free write-off will he permitted on all new invest- ment in plan and machinery throughout the country. The lowering of sales tax means a lot of goods, especially cosmetics, cars, washing ma- chines and refrigerators, toys and cameras, will be a lot cheaper Wednesday. Barber said there will be no value added tax charges on fuel electricity, coal and oil for on railway, bus and subway fares as n special concession to the poor. Anderson tells teachers strike right remains From AP-REUTER BELFAST (CP) Mora bombings and the killing of a ycung British .soldier added to the shock waves from one of Northern Ireland's worst-ever terrorist, bomb blasts, giving further urgency today to the po- litical initiathe for peace await- ing by the British gov- ernment. The Donegall Street explosion in Belfast Monday, which struck a crowded shopping area killed six persons and wounded 146 in- cluding women and girls. It was followed by warnings from statesmen that a path to ending the Irish turmoil must be found soon. "If we Home Affairs Minister Reginald Maudling told a hushed House of Commons, ''we will have created an area of desolation where violence and murder anri inhumanity border- ing on bestiality breed and take over." liv GHEG McI.NTYRE Herald Staff Writer KDMONTON John Ander- son Kast i has informed three1 Lethbridpo school teachers that (he pro- posed Alberta Bill of Rights will eliminate compulsory nirmhei shi 11 in I ho AIhrrta Toachrrs' Association. Teachers at iSI. Paul's school on lOtEi Ave. sent the MLA a letter objecting to what they believe will result from changes proposed lo school leg- islation. They olijrclrrj In rfimmaliori of right fn ftriiift abandonment of compulsory membership in the Alberta Teachers1 Association. Mr. Anderson e back that Kducation Minister I-on Hynrlmnn has said on more than one occasion that the gov- ernment docs not plan to elimi- nate teachers riqht to strike. Ho said the Alberta hill of rights, niiTpnlly before the leg- islature "will give ft person (JIR rigiit lo make up bis nun mind with regards to the ATA." Mr. Anderson said later that was only his hiJerpretalion and "I could lie ui ong.'' rOKM MHTKK The Tilhr 0'Don- cell, Gordon John Abcrlc signed, a form letter that read in part: "To single out teachers and take nway Uieir right to strike is biased and undemocratic, Every other profession in Al- bert a retains tne right (o strike. "Jf a Icachcr strike occurs surely Micro is no more clam- ago done to the children titan i' 1'ic1 medical profession were !n ivhko. A Air ike does ICFS In harm the crnnomy Ilinn does for example1, a strike by nir traffic toaohc-r.s doschlwd loss of compulsory membership in Ihr ic rt? hers as.'-'inM.Tl ion a in ibe qualify of educa- tion in (Jhft province. 'Come mil Hughes. Wo in theral' ;