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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta men would be employed on billion Arctic gas line OTTAWA (CP) A formal bid to build a pipeline to carry Arctic natural gas south was filed today and initial emphasis by its proponents will be on convincing regulatory authorities on social and environmental questions. Officials of Canadian Arctic Gas Ltd. met today with Jean Chretien, minister for Indian af- fairs and northern development, and Marshall Crowe, chairman of the National Energy Board in conjunction with the filing of applications. The presentations today to the northern development department and the NEB coincided with filings with two United States agencies, which also must approve the project. The Arctic pipeline, which they estimate will cost 15.7 billion to build, would be a central element in a North American gas pipeline grid. Documentary evidence supporting the application presented today coven mainly the issues of concern to Mr. Chretien's department. Exhibits dealing with economic issues- markets, reserves, are to be filed at a later date and'this is the area of most concern to the NEB. An aide to the northern development minister said Mr. Chretien would not comment following the meeting today but would be issuing a statement within a weel. Mr. Chretien has announced that he will appoint a commission to hear evidence on the application. Issues of damage to the Arctic, jobs and safety factors are dealt with in the Itt-feet-high stack of documents filed today in connection with construction of the proposed miles of 48- inch, 42-inch and 30-inch pipe. Of the total, miles would be in Canada. IL would run through the Mackenzie River Valley to Caroline, Alta., from where branches would go to Kingsgate, B.C., and Monchy, Sask. The lines to border points would connect with U.S. systems and the Caroline-Monchy line would connect with the Trans-Canada system The proposed construction on regulatory approval being granted by next for gas from the Northwest Territories to begin flowing south by 1978 and for gas from Prudhoe Bay fields in Alaska to begin delivery the following year. The Arctic Gas proposal is a competitor to a proposal by El Paso Natural Gas Co. to build a The Lethbrtdge Herald trans-Alaska line. This would connect to a plant on Alaska's Pacific Coast where gas can be liquified for tanker shipment to California. The U.S. portion of the Arctic Gas proposal would involve construction of pipelines from Monchy to the Midwest and East Coast, from Kingsgate to southern California, and expansion of existing lines from Coleman, Alta., to northern California. Arctic Gas estimates peak employment in Canada for construction will be in the second winter of the planned three-year construction program. Manpower requirements will dip to the following summer. VOL. LXVII 83 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 1974 10 Cents 28 Pages Coal Mine Safety Act updated Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON An updated Coal Mine Safety Act was introduced by the Alberta government Wednesday, including stiff fines and jail terms for contraventions. The former which included references to horses Working in mines, has been under revision for a year and a half, Bill Dickie, minister of mines and minerals, said outside the legislature. He said the act was only a "skeleton" to support regulations soon to be introduced after debate opens on the bill. The regulations have been under discussions by the government, the coal industry and the Alberta Federation of Labor, Mr. Dickie said. They will be enforced by the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board. Mr. Dickie said the new legislation is not designed as an emergency measure to curb abuses. The minister said mining companies have been conscier'-Dus and both underground and surface operationssafe safe. safety laws were regarded as important .because the coal industry is expected to expand, Mr. Dickie said. A corporation found guilty on summary conviction of an offence under the act would be fined up to for the first day the occurred-and not less" than for each subsequent day. Agents or managers could be fined up to 1500 for the first day and up to for each subsequent day an offence was committed. If a court considers a fine inappropriate, offenders could be jailed up to six months for willfully or negligently endangering the safety of persons working at a mine or causing them injury. The energy board would be able to shut down offending operations. f' Entering court suspect Ian Ball escorted by police Purse tightening urged OTTAWA (CP) The fight to control inflation emerges as the main concern in the annual report, released Wednesday, of Governor Classified.......24-27 Comics............22 Comment........4, 5 District............17 Family........ 18, 19 Local News 15, 16 Markets...........23 Sports...........8-10 Theatres........... 7 TV................ 6 Weather........... 3 Youth.............20 ETHIOPIA LOW TONIGHT 5: HIGH FRI., 15; MOSTLY CLOUDY. Them's a call for a nationwide strike, whatever that is.' Gerald Bouey of the Bank of Canada, and he 'indicates a key weapon will be in- creasing emphasis on limiting 'money supply. Mr. Bouey says the speed with which the economy grew during 1973 caught central bank policymakers by surprise and rapid rates of growth in the money supply of several countries led to strong inflationary pressure. The central bank report, prepared annually for the finance minister, is basically a review of 1973, but there are some hints as to future policy and some comments on what bank economists expect for this year. "It is clear that in 1974 the Canadian economy faces major uncertainties that lie beyond our borders and beyond our power to influence significantly." The rapid rise in oil paces is a key factor and most industrial countries expect sizeable deficits for that reason. But Canada is in a relatively favorable position because it produces about as much oil as it consumes. "Thus the circumstances at present are more favorable for a substantial rate of economic growth in 1974 in Canada than in the United States and many overseas countries. IRA bids to end terror DUBLIN (AP) The Irish Republican Army (IRA) offered today to give up its terror campaign in British- ruled Northern Ireland in a deal proposed to Britain's new Labor government. A key demand of the IRA guerrillas in exchange for peace was the withdrawal of British troops. Clark wants to plug loophole 'Don't export gas as fertilizer9 Herald Legislature EDMONTON The government must plug a loophole that allows natural gas to be exported in uncontrolled quantities under the guise of fertilizer, Bob Clark, leader of the opposition, said Wednesday. In an interview, Mr. Clark said he is in favor of the construction of a 1400 milion anhydrous ammonia plant near Lethbridge. But he said that with a dozen similar but smaller plants in the works for the province, the government must exert its control of natural resources to insure they are used to meet long- term goals. "You shouldn't be able to use development of a plant in Alberta to circumvent export permits that may not have been be said. Mr. Clark said the province's Energy Resources Conservation Board would probably be the best body to grant approval for various uses of natural gas within the province. At the moment, even if the board disapproved of a plant, it has no power to pi went its construction, he said. "The approval should be on the basis of efficient operation, guarantees that there is sufficient product produced for Alberta consumption and that the use is compatible with the long- term plans .of the province. Building fertilizer plants everywhere is not the thing the province should be doing to expand its secondary industry base, he said. But he said that in the case of the Lethbridge area proposal he was pleased to see it as a step towards getting diversified industry moving south. Meanwhile, it was learned that the Energy Resources Conservation Board does consider the amount of gas to be consumed by the plant to be surplus to the needs of the province for the next 30 years. Suspect in court, accomplices sought LONDON (CP) Police hunted today for associates of a man accused of an armed ambush against Princess Anne, and a court was told "it is a matter of state security." Charged with the Wednesday night attack was Ian Ball, a 26-year-old unemployed Londoner who made a two-minute appear- ance at Bow Street magistrate's court in central London. Pale-faced and with a trim beard, Ball stared firmly ahead from the dock where he stood handcuffed to two policemen. The charge against him was attempted murder of Princess Anne's police bodyguard, In- spector James Beaton, who fell with three bullets in him during the attack on the royal limousine near Buckingham Palace. -.Magistrate Kenneth Bar- raclough ordered Ball custody for another preliminary hearing on March 28. A heavy police-guard was thrown round the court as Ball was brought up in a prison van convoy with flashing blue lights. The government said Wednesday night the attack was an'attempt to kidnap Princess'Anne. The 23-year-old princess and her husband Capt. Mark Phil- lips, escaped shaken but un- harmed. The attacker hemmed in their limousine with his small white sedan and then jumped out, pistol blazing. The royal' chauffeur, a passerby and a policeman also Raymond Home studied A team to assess patients at the Raymond Home was to begin to work today, the chief deputy minister of health and social development said today. Bruce Rawson told The Herald in a telephone interview the team is comprised of a psychiatrist, social worker, a psychiatrist nurse and charge nurse from Alberta Hospital Oliver. The team will be in Raymond for two days speaking with patients and assessing their potential for rehabilitation. Another tear from Alberta Hospital Ponok. will carry out another two-day examination in about a week. After they have finished, the department will follow with other projects as indicated by the teams' results, he said. Saan and heard About town Ftank Ratasefc of Taber claiming the two-inch thick proposed Alberta Planning Act text could iikely be reduced to about four pages if written in simple English City slicker Helen George concerned about new-born calves lying on the snow, wondering if ranchers shouldn't have a hospital for them. fell wounded before the attacker was overpowered. At Bow Street, custody was requested by detective Chief Superintendent Roy Ranson. He said: "The reasons are that this man has a large sum of money. We wish to know the source of this money. We are endeavoring to trace his associates and it is imperative that full inquiries be made about this to assist us in these inquiries." At Hanson's request, Ball was left in police custody rather than in a normal prison, to afford ready access to the prisoner. Magistrate Barraclough commented: "It is very unusual." Superintendent Ranson re- plied: "Yes, sir, it is a matter of state security, which- I cannot enlarge on." -Ball, tall in a grey suit, shrugged and said "no" when asked if be objected to police looking at his bank account. His only other remark was, to apply for legal aid. All spectators and journalists were .Searched before entering court. Anne and her husband seemed by this morning to have recovered from the shock. Capt. Phillips reported for duty as usual at Sandhurst Military Academy where he is an instructor. During the morning he took cadets to the riflr range for shooting practice. The princess arranged to go riding in the ground of the academy. The four men injured during the gun battle were this morn- ing in satisfactory condition. They were Ins. Beaton, chauf- feur Alex Callender, journalist Brian McConnell who was passing by" and intervened, and policeman Michael Hills who was on traffic duty near the scene. As police inquiries proceeded, the motive behind the one-man attack remained obscure SHOOTING plans second energy meeting Found in the gunman's white sedan was a long letter addressed to the Queen, ynconfirmed press reports said the letter demanded a ransom of million. A police official said it was believed 11 shots were fired by the assailant BADDECK, N.S. (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau has tentatively scheduled a conference with the 10 provincial premiers for next Wednesday to resume discussions on energy, says Premier Gerald Regan. The premier, campaigning Wednesday for the April 2 pro- vincial election, said he had received a telephone call from Mr. Trudeau advising him of the meeting. He said he immediately agreed to interrupt his cam- paign to attend. Mr. Regan said the prime minister told him that not all the premiers had been reached yet, but the one-day conf erencejwas tentatively set for next Wednesday in Ottawa. As for the prospects of sol- ving the energy issue at the conference, Mr. Regan said the matter would require "ongoing negotiations and a long and continuing battle." The president federal subsidy on fuel prices in eastern Canada, which came into effect Feb. 1, will end April 1. Premier Lougheed was non- committal in the Legislature Wednesday when questioned about oil price negotiations. He told the house it is possible he will be making another trip to Ottawa before the end of the month. In Quebec City, Premier Robert Bourassa told the national assembly said he believed the meeting would probably be a private one at Prime Minister Trudeau's Ottawa residence in the middle of the week. "I am confident we can ar- rive at an agreement on a single oil price in he said. The premier said be dis- cussed the matter Wednesday with Ontario Premier William Davis, vacationing in the Que- bec City area, and on Tuesday with Mr. Trudeau and Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed. In Ottawa, a spokesman for Mr. Trudeau said a meeting next week on oil policy is likely. He would give no details, but said Quebec Premier Bourassa's description of the tentative plans was essentially accu- rate. Gunman used small white car glass, broken by gunshots, on ground by Royal Rolls ;