Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 14, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thurlday, May U, 1970 THE LSTHBRIBGE HERAIO 23 Greene's Speech Startles U.S. WASHINGTON (CP) En- ergy Minister J. J. Greene's speech Tuesday tying availabil- ity of Canadian natural gas needed by the U.S. to "stability of U.S. oil markets has startled some officials here who suggest it represents an about-face in Canadian policy. Because available officials had not yet read the text of Greene's speech in Denver they to be quoted by name Wednesday. But one state department spokesman said: "Given a half- hour, I could find a dozen or more Canadian statements in speeches and in replies to ques- tions in Parliament that are contrary to Mr. Greene's Den- speech." Addressing the 'Independent Petroleum Association of Amer- arch-foe of greater Ca- nadian oil said that Canadian gas will only be available to the if Cana- dian oil is given assured "stabil- ity of access" to export mar- kets. IMPOSED A QUOTA President Nixon last March put a temporary quota on Cana- dian oil imports. Officials here have estimated that the U.S. will have a critical shortage domestically produced gas .within this decade. It is recalled here also that Greene, after a December meeting with Interior Secretary Walter Hickel, told a news con- ference at the Canadian em- bassy that the Canadian position was to sell far more oil to the U.S. He noted also that the U.S. is running short of natural gas and anxious to acquire greater access to Canadian supplies. However, Greene emphasized then that he made no attempt to bargain one issue off against the' would be very narrow and restrictive to link the two and say you can have the one if you take the other." Greenes' position was that if the U.S. markets were opened to Canadian oil t-liere would be greater exploration and devel- opment and thus greater finds of natural gas, an industry (Sat goes hand-in-hand with oil. Hollis M. Dole, assistant inte- rior undersecretary who was .re- ported to have expressed dis- pleasure at the thrust of Greene's speech at the Denver conference, has a reputation here as the "industry man" at interior. His speeches fre- quently reflect an emphasis on all-out exploration and develop- ment of the domestic industries. His. special responsibility at interior is for mineral re- sources. Meanwhile, The Journal of Commerce, reporting on the Denver meeting, recalled that Canada has been pressing the Nixon administration to reconsi- der its decision on restrictions and said Green's speech "can be considered another represen- tation to the administration." The newspaper adds: "Greene has denied on sev- eral occasions that Canada will use natural gas needs in the United States as a bargaining point for selling more Canadian oil there, but his speech indi- cated how closely the two are linked in the government's mind." Doctor-Assistants Program Starts OTTAWA (CP) A pioneer program to tram doctor-assist- ants has started in the federal health department with the help of medical educationists and practitioners. By next year, the first ap- prenticeship group is expected to be undergoing special medi- cal-training at one or more uni- versities. It probably will cons- ist of about 20 registered nurses with special abilities and moti- vation. "It would be wishful thinking to expect to get the first class in training by this fall although that is my said Dr. J. H. Wiebe, director general of medical services, in an inter- view. Dr. Wiebe now is forming a committee of nursing and medi- cal experts to visit remote areas this summer to assess the kinds of training the new health professionals will need. The aim is to graduate practi- Development Agreement Completed SLAVE LAKE (CP) -A regional economic de- velopment agreement was sign- ed here by federal and provin- cial government officials. Alberta was committed for and the federal gov- ernment for in the agreement involving several projects in the Slave Lake area in north-central Alberta, to be completed by June 30, 1972. Jean Marehand, federal re- gional economic expansion min- ister, said the agreement is p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m. to I p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. 9 p.m.