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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, May 17, 1973 billion natural gas pipeline monstrous task VANCOUVER (CP) Can- ada's pipeline industry will have to change its use of capital and labor if it is to meet the chal- lenge of laying a billion natu- ral gas pipeline through Can- ada's north, sajs the new piesi- dent of the Pipe Line Contrac- tors Association of Canada. When pipeline construction begins, a trench nine feet deep and six feet across will be dug out of solidly frozen ground along miles of uninhabited country. "It's a monstrous task. It's so vast and so tremendously com- plicated that it's like a gigantic peaceime exercise in logis- said Charles Ivan, newly- elected association president. "There's miles of pipe to build in Canada's most remote region. The pipe isn't only gi- gantic in its 48-inch diameter but also in its wall thickness. "We're dealing with thr? quarter-inch wall thickness compared with the .25-inch and .45-inch which have been standard." This means the industry will have to use different, bigger equipment. DITCHER EXPENSIVE "One of the greatest problems will be coming up with a ditcher that stays in one piece that will continue to give high perform- ance dav after said Mr. Ivan, adding that such a piece of machinery may cost between and The lifting equipment suitable for 36-inch pipe, the standard, is practically obsolete for the new diameter. Labor requirements must also change. "Our manpower has to be re- tuned. They also have to be pre- pared for a task like this." He said the proiect means labor relations policies must also change. "But I am certain we can get our unions to realize the size of the project and the significance of shutdowns. "I think organized labor is mature enough to understand that the feasibility of a project like this is in their interest as well as our own." He said he expects pipeline contractors will have to hire European and American help. "You aren't going to gear the 30 spreads that will be needed in such a short time. I don't know 10 groups that would be ready now to prepare the size ol spreads required." Each spread is expected to employ 500 to 600 men. CAMPFIRES CAN BURN MORE THAN BACON! This weekend is the beginning of a summer full of fun weekends. Traditionally, it's also a bad weekend for forest fires. In fact, about 50% of each year's recreation-caused forest fires happen on this one holiday weekend. No one sets out to start a forest fire. Plain carelessness causes most recreational fires. Campfires built too close to the forest. Unattended. Left burning. A cigarette or a match carelessly discarded- This year, let's take better care of the forests. Treat them as though they were your own. They are. THIS MESSAGE IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN THE HOPE THAT YOU WILL BE CONCERNED ENOUGH TO HELP US PRESERVE OUR FORESTS. THE ALBERTA FOREST SERVICE Space sounds? Young Terry Robins (centre) holds a duplicate of the lunar FM radio rece.ver used on three Apollo space mis- sions It was presented to Douglas N Omand di- rector general of the Ontano Science Centre, Toronto, by Oscar P. Kusisto vics-piesident of Motorola Inc. The presentation was part of the five millionth auto radio at its Midland, Ont., plant. Terry was with a group of students from the Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Wmcna, Ont. Is up EDMOXTON7 (CP) More than 72 000 industrial accidr-nls vere repoited to the Albeita W o r k m e n's Compensation Board in 1972 and more than 789 000 work days were lost due to injuries. The number of work days lost is up 6 7 per cent from 1971 and the number of injuries re- ported 72 237 is up by 7.4 par cent from in 3971, WCB compti oiler D. J. Duncan, said yesterday. There were 104 deaths result- ing from work injuries, com- pared with 100 in. 1971. The board counts only deaths occur- ring on the job and those clear- ly attributed to employment in its fatality figures. ihejob... or the most iMocSact rick you'll erer hare? Now you can sit back and really take it easy while you ride forth and do great things for your lawn. Relax on Toro's comfortable seat while Toro's exclusive action lifts the grass to cut it smoothly and evenly. And then sucks up the clippings like a vacuum. Maneuver easily with Toro's adjustable steering wheel and up-front controls. Sad- dle your choice of 5 or 7 eager horses while cutting a clean 25" swath. Choose any of Toro's four hard-working riders. Then settle back and enjoy touring your property, Prices start at TORO a cut above the rest. Just Say "Charge It" Open a convenient Hoyt's Charge Account or use your Chargex OPEN Till 9 P.M. THURS. AND FRI. NIGHT 608- 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-5767 ;