Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
'Utter chaos' In gas plan blamed on gov't 'empire building' Charges of empire building and a lack of communication have been leveled at two provincial government departments. Thirty representatives of 10 farmer-owned natural gas co-operatives from throughout Southern Alberta blamed conflicts between the provincial department of telephones and utilities and the department of agriculture for a hold-up of the program to service all rural Albertans with natural gas. A special meeting here Monday of the Federation of Alberta Gas Co-operatives a group speaking for more than 100 local gas co-ops in indicated an utter state of confusion None of the representatives could report accurate knowledge of the program to date and several had stopped all work to'get'natural gas to their farmer-members sending that information. Helmut farmer's advocate for the told the representatives they must make their questions and problems known to the right people in government. One representative said jealousy between the two people in both departments trying to make a name for themselves and buck-passing was creating havoc in the local co-operatives. knows he said. An example of the confusion was offered by Ken Welsh of Milk chairman of the Chinook Natural Gas Cooperatives. Mr. Welsh said engineers in Edmonton are trying to make decisions about location of gas pipelines without even viewing the land terrain. And they are making pricing decisions based on their he said. He told Mr. Entrup the Canadian-Montana Oil is shipping natural gas from the Milk River region into the United States. The firm is using a six-inch pipeline at 500 pressure to move the gas. Mr. Welsh said this is the biggest source of natural gas in the area. Another representative asked Mr. Entrup why no application has been made to the firm to supply natural gas to Southern Alberta farmers. Mr. Entrup said he had no knowledge of the firm's activities. Mr. Welsh sounds like the co-ops should do their own engineering then we can tell those who should know where all the gas Alex Onody of Bow Southern Alberta director to the said the provincial government didn't always give enough time to the federation to air its problems. The last meeting with Agriculture Minister Hugh Homer lasted only 15 he said. More on page 17. Raymond eyes land for huge ammonia plant RAYMOND This town is hopeful a million fertilizer complex will be built on its eastern boundary if the provincial government will come through with the necessary approvals. The to be financed mostly by American farm co- operatives and with most of the ammonia to be exported by pipeline for further has not yet been cleared by the Alberta authorities It would use large quantities of natural gas as a raw material and of water for processing Mayor Robert Graham said today the town has discussed siting of the plant near here with Alberta Ammonia Ltd. He said he believes the firm is willing to locate here if the necessary government approvals can be obtained Alberta Ammonia officials were unavailable for comment on the matter today Mayor Graham said the town plans to annex Section 9 just east of town and south of Highway 52 to be used as a site for the complex. He said council probably will not bring in an annexation resolution pending word from the government. town officials met in a special meeting with the County of Warner May 7 and won county approval for annexation of the section. The county has notified the Oldrnan River Regional Planning Commission it would agree to the annexation. Minutes of the special meeting were adopted at a regular county meeting today. During discussion of the it was indicated water for the fertilizer complex would possibly be drawn from the Ridge south of here There was also discussion of possible discharge into Etzikom though Mayor Graham said to his knowledge the company has not decided what it will do with any discharge from the complex This is an area where a ruling by the provincial department of environment may play an important part. Alberta drivers face 140 climb Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Ninety-two per cent of Alberta service stations have passed on the full five-cents per gallon reduction in the gasoline Provincial Treasurer Gordon Miniely said Monday. He said the government received excellent co- operation from dealers since the tax was reduced April 1 to 10 cents from 15 cents a gallon. Of the eight per cent of the stations monitored which did not pass on the full Dr. Goggan posted to Canterbury LONDON Dr. Donald Coggan will succeed Dr Michael Ramsey as the next Archbishop of Canterbury and Anglican Primate of All Prime Minister Harold Wilson's office announced to- day. The effect when Dr. Ramsey retires next November at the age of made by the as head of the Church of on the advice of the prime minister. Dr. Coggan now is Archbishop of York. As Archbishop of Dr. Coggan will be the titular leader of the worldwide Anglican community. he said they passed it on in part Mr Miniely also told the legislature the government has not yet decided whther to further cushion Alberta drivers against gasoline price increases With a voluntary freeze on prices to be lifted it is estimated gasoline could climb in price by 14 cents a gallon. Bob minister of consumer told Gordon Taylor the stations which did not pass on the reduction would not be reported to the federal department of consumer affairs. Mr Dowling said he would under the suggestion that their names be published Outside the Mr Taylor said the 175 stations that did not pass on the full reduction of surveyed should be prosecuted for gouging the public. No Herald on Monday The Herald will not publish May the Victoria Day holiday. Display advertisers are re- minded that advertisements for May and May must be received by 5 p.m. Thurs- and for May by 5 p.m Friday. Classified advertisements submitted by 11-30 a.m. Satur- day will appear May 21 inside 1 Classified 24-28 Comics.............8 District............19 Local Markets .........29 Theatres..........7 TV.................6 Weather...........3 LOW TONIGHT HIGH WED. COOL. The Letltbridge Herald VOL. LXVII 128 MAY 1974 10 Cents 56 Pages Children mourned Villagers in Kfeir in southern Lebanon crowd around the bodies of two children Monday. A Syrian spokesman said the children and their mother were killed in an Israeli air attack Monday morning. Security tightens for tape playing WASHINGTON The House of Representatives judiciary committee is moving ahead with its intensive review of impeachment evidence from the White the word is isn't any President Nixon will leave office voluntarily. The judiciary committee has scheduled a morning meeting to continue hearing the evidence its staff has collected during the last four months The focus of day-long closed sessions scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday was the attempted Watergate when the president learned of and what he did about it. Extraordinary security was in force for the committee sessions. The committee hearing room was sealed with no one other than the 38 members of the committee and its staff allowed inside before or after sessions. For the first committee members other than the chairman and ranking Republican were to listen to some White House tapes the White House acknowledged today that the edited Watergate transcripts released by President Nixon two weeks ago contain two versions of a portion of one presidential conversation White House spokesman Gerald Warren said White House secretaries went and over various portions of the transcripts to try to pull out all of the words Warren said he does not know whether there are any other such duplications. Kopechne inquiry papers examined BOSTON Records from the closed Massachusetts inquest into the death of Mary Jo Kopechne have been sent to the House of Representatives judiciary which is considering impeachment proceedings against President state officials said today. Miss Kopechne was killed in when a car driven by Senator Edward Kennedy Mass went off a bridge and into a tidal pool on Chappaquiddick Island off the Massachusetts coast The material which the committee requested was made public in 1970. Female job chance good By BUD JORGENSEN OTTAWA Unemployment dropped to 5.3 per cent in April as the level of employment increased for the seventh consecutive Statistics Canada reported today The seasonally-adjusted April figures compare with 5.4 per cent for March while actual unemployment dropped to six per cent from 6 4 Young women improved their job situations dramatically during the month and regionally Ontario made the best gains. In there was a sig- nificant increase in employment levels but this was balanced by a higher participation rate. Actual unemployment totalled out of in the labor force That labor force total meant that 57 4 per cent of the participation or were seeking jobs. The seasonally-adjusted unemployment one considered most significant by economists for assessing performance of the with 5.5 per cent in February and January this year and in 1973 The rate for women went to 4.8 per cent in April from 5.2 per cent in March while the rate for men was unchanged at 5 6 per cent. Women in the 14-24 age group showed an improvement to 7 9 per cent unemployed in April compared with nine per cent in March The more-than-25 age group was unchanged at 3.2 per cent. Unemployment for men in the 14-24 age group went to 10 6 per cent from 10.1 while for the more-than-25 group there was an improvement to four per cent from 4.2. Regionally there were these changes comparing April and March. Atlantic 9.2 per cent and 9.3 per Que- 7 4 and 7 3.6 and Prairie 2 9 and and British 5.7 and 5.5 In Quebec there was an in- crease of in the season- ally-adjusted number of em- ployed despite the slight gain in the unemployment rate. The reason was a sharp 57 per cent from 56 the participation rate. The Ontario improvement in the unemployment rate was caused by a gain of to in seasonally- adjusted employment On a seasonally-adjusted total employment was and unemployment Total increase in em- ployment was to while unemployment dropped by In B.C. there was a gain of to in employment while there was a drop of each in the Atlantic and Prairie regions to and respectively Unemployment down Statistics Canada reported Tuesday a drop in the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to 5.3 per cent From a March level of 5.4 per cent. Montana governor pleads for gas By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Montana Governor Thomas L. Judge entererd an eleventh hour plea with Premier Peter Lougheed Monday to avert a potentially severe natural gas shortage in the state. The unusual intervention came on the eve of a cabinet decision today which could leave Montanans without heat next winter. Governor Judge said he was hopeful his intervention would assure approval of a vital export contraot by cabinet Mr Lougheed would not comment until after cabinet meets on the contract today. It is likely the cabinet will approve the contract as the provincial energy resources conservation board has already given its nod to the contract. Export of the gas to Montana a private has been approved at the national level. But extension of the now expired contract is left with the province SMH and heard About town Carol being pushed over by a friend's St. Bernard puppy while the dog was taking her for a walk. PM's office puzzled over land tax OTTAWA confused and was the reaction of Prime Minister Trudeau's office Monday when told he owed back taxes on property he al- legedly owns in southeastern Alberta. A spokesman for Mr. Trudeau said there was no trace of a letter about the property and that if anyone could shed some light be prime minister pays his debts if he owes any- The 50-by-120- foot lot in the.hamlet of Patri- about 100 miles southwest of was given to Mr. Trudeau as a joke in 1972. But county authorities said Monday the joke is becoming a little stale because the prime minister hasn't paid any taxes on the land. He al- legedly owes at least pos- sibly the guys come in and ask if Trudeau's paid up yet and I have to tell them said Council Reeve Tom Mus- grove. OWES TAXES they want to know why the hell they should pay. His taxes would be about a year and we think he likely owes for but we're not sure. But he is behind for the. tax notice went out last Title to the lot was trans- ferred by farmer Albert Ketchmark to show after the 19 Conservative members were elected from Alberta that that he still had one friend in Legal transfer was completed in 1973. Mr. who de- scribes the land as virtually is well known as a Conservative in Patricia and the whole thing was meant as a joke. But the spokesman for the prime minister said his complete correspond- ence contain no no tax bill and ho letter from Mr. Ketchmark. The company provides heat to about western Montanans and about 80 per cent of its gas comes from Alberta. winter it could be a very severe the governor said after the meeting. concern is not although price would affect He said he hoped a reliable source of natural gas for Montana consumers could be worked out with the province. The state has imported gas from Alberta since 1952. But a chaotic energy situation has the state worried Battle scenario admitted From AP-REUTER BELFAST The Irish Republican Army admitted today that British security forces captured one of its master battle but said it is winning the fight to oust Britain from Northern Ireland A spokesman for the Provi- sional wing of the IRA said the British be winning the war of but make no mistake about we are still winning the war of He told reporters the master plan was doomsday plan we drew up some time Prime Minister Harold Wilson told the House of Commons in London Monday that the army captured the plans in a raid on the Belfast headquarters of the IRA's wing. Security officials said the IRA planned to incite the Protestant majority in Northern Ireland to launch a bloodbath against the Roman Catholic minority. The IRA would then move into lane areas of Belfast as Catholic and occupy strategic- positions.