Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
The lethbridae Herald VOL. LXVII 131 ALBERTA. MAY 1974 10 Cents 36 Pages Lougheed rejects Sarnia project Alberta wants petro jobs End of the line A Toronto police' cadet carries a passenger from a flooded street car in he downtown area Thursday night after a three hour storm dumped two inches of rain sn Toronto. Flooding was reported in many parts of southern Ontario.Cloudy skies with highs near lows 30-35 are the forecast in Southern Alberta. U.K. speculation swirls around early election LONDON Speculation was swirling here oday about the possibility of in early general election called by the recently- nstalled Labor government. early general election s now writes Walter political editor of the Daily Express. Both The Financial Times ind The Guardian also carry irominent front-page stories that Prime Minister iarold Wilson has told senior Lamoureux steps down Ont. jucien ndependent member of parliament for Stormont- Dundas who has been Speaker the House of Commons since 1966. announced today le is retiring from politics. Mr. first to Parliament as a in said he was stepping down because of amily and personal believe I have done my share in serving my. country ind I now leave it up to other colleagues that June 13 now is a possible date for a snap poll. Sources that Foreign Secretary James Callaghan and a number of other cabinet ministers favor October as the best time to seek an early new mandate. Immediate cause of the election talk was a government defeat during the committee stage of debate on a bill to repeal the controversial Industrial Rela- tions introduced several years ago by the former Con- servative government in an effort to curb union power. Conservatives and Scottish Nationalist MPs in the committee voted together to beat Labor members 14 to 12 in voting on an important clause of the making it certain that when it comes back to the full Commons for passage it will have been significantly changed. Whether the minority government will accept the changes or use the issue as an excuse for an election call is the question now being debated. The Labor government took office after defeating the Tories in the Feb. 28 general election. Standings in the 635-seat Labor Conservative Liberal Ulster Unionists Social Democratic and Labor Scottish Nationalists Welsh Nationalist Independent Labor non-voting Speaker and two vacant 1. If Wilson decides on June 13 as the date for a poll he would have to announce it next Fri- the day Parliament rises for the Whitsun recess. Province 'comes first9 Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Premier Peter Lougheed says he doesn't know whether his government's attempt to block construction of a huge Ontario petrochemical plant will be an issue in the federal election. But he says his Responsibility is to 'protect the interest of lAlbertans no matter who wins. conference Thursday that if differences arise between himself and his federal Pro- gressive Conservative leader Robert his responsibility is to Alberta. Ammonia control sought Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON With 19 world-scale ammonia plants knocking on its the government Thursday introduced legislation to give it tight control of the situation. What is billed as the world's largest ammonia plant for the Lethbridge region will now Have to be approved first by the Energy Resources Conservation Board and then cabinet. The legislation closes a loophole which gave the government control of natural gas exports but not the manufacture or export of other products from the gas. The plant would have to meet various other environmental regula- tions now but the new legislation would give the government broader powers. Fred minister of industry and told the legislature it was essential the government have power to insure orderly development of the' plants. It must also insure an adequate supply of natural gas for Albertans and an overall orderly industrial development of the province. Power station workers join Belfast strike Seen and heard About town Grade 2 student Raelean Iedrich thinking school children were getting a loliday Monday because they iad been working too hard and leeded a rest Merlin Collins trying to find a reason for being BELFAST Ireland faced a blackout today as power station workers joined a three-day-old general strike organized by militant Protestants. The Electricity Service said all power supplies would be depleted by midnight if the men did not return to their jobs of shovelling the fuel for the coal-powered generators. Buses were running in Belfast today and most roadblocks erected by the strikers had been removed. But newspapers reported numerous calls from small companies who said they had been forced to close because Protestant vigilantes were beating up employees re- The backed by the paramilitary Ulster Defence was called to demand fresh elections in the national assembly and the scrapping of the Sunningdale Agreement which provides greater cooperation between Northern Ireland and the predominantly Roman Catholic Irish republic. The strike was called to de- mand fresh elections to the province's national assembly and the scrapping of the Sun- ningdale agreement which provides for greater co- operation between Northern Ireland and the predominantly Catholic Irish Republic. The strike was accompanied by riots and widespread in- seized trucks and buses to set up road blocks. All bus services in Belfast were withdrawn after the and shop and office workers were sent home early. A Roman Maureen was shot dead by a sniper. No Herald Victoria Day The Herald will not publish Victoria Day. Classified advertisements submitted by a.m. Saturday will appear in By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The Alberta government served notice on Ottawa Thursday that it wants the major chunk of Canada's expanding petrochemical industry. Premier Peter Lougheed said the government wants the job-creating industry shifted from Ontario to Alberta. Alberta gas and oil would only be made available to service of existing petrochemical developments in central Canada. On those the government said it opposed a proposed giant petrochemical complex for backed by Ottawa. The plant threatened growth of the industry in Mr. Lougheed said. The premier also demanded a guarantee that any petrochemicals diverted by Ottawa from export be processed into plastics and other products in Alberta not Ontario. He backed the demand with a threat to veto an Alberta ethylene plant which would help supply a starving Sarnia petrochemical industry. OTTAWA There's room In the major policy enough in Canada for three world-scale petrochemical plants by with one in Sar- nia and two in Federal Energy Minister Donald Macdonald asserted Thursday. Macdonald says room for three Herald Ottawa Bureau statement on the future of petrochemicals in Mr. Lougheed said the province opposes the Petrosar complex proposed by Ottawa for Sarnia in favor of two Alberta-based complexes. The premier offered unqualified support for an Alberta Gas Trunk Line Canadian Industries Ltd. project he said would eventually create jobs for Albertans. He offered qualified support of a Dow-Dome project which would create jobs. The world-scale ethylene plant could proceed if Ottawa promised its new controls on ethane and ethylene exports would not be used to divert the products to Ontario plants. But the government was opposed totally to a Petrosar headed by a crown proposed for Sarnia which would gulp 16 per cent of proven conventional crude oil reserves. He said Ottawa could use its jurisdiction over interprovincial trade to the plant. He did not elaborate on how Alberta would fight the plant if Ottawa maintained its stance. UNREASONABLE In his strongly-worded the premier said Albertans would agree that it was in the to expect Alberta to supply crude oil owned by the people of Alberta at subsidized prices for further expansion of the petrochemical industry in Sarnia at the expense of development of Alberta's own petrochemical industry. He called for an statement' from Ottawa that it would meet its commitment to support Alberta's efforts to build a strong petrochemical industry. He said Alberta believes the Canadian market cannot absorb three large ethylene plants but that Ottawa disagrees. The premier said three one billion pounds per year ethylene plants corning on steam in 1977-78 could jeop- ardize the Alberta industry. The key building block of the petrochemical industry is ethylene. It is produced most economically from and the natural gas ethane. It can be produced much more wastefully by breaking down crude oil. SUPPORT The government supports the AGTL CIL project using ethane because it would be based entirely in Alberta and involves extensive upgrading and derivative plants all in Alberta. It will not require a pipeline and will ship products by rail and truck. It will mean a host of plastic products can be manufactured by small businesses. They are now made in the east from Alberta gas and shipped back at higher prices than paid in central Canada. The Dow-Dome project involves a world-scale ethylene plant in Alberta using ethane. One-quarter of its present production would be upgraded creating more jobs. One-half would be shipped to the eastern United States for upgrading but would serve a different market not competing with Alberta-based plants. The final quarter would be shipped to Sarnia to service existing facilities. This situation is fine with the nrnvinpial And the federal cabinet will definitely make its decision on the at least as far as fed- eral approval is of one of the three proposed plants the project that the National Energy Board has recommended cabinet partially-approve. Mr. Macdonald said there could be no further delays in the cabinet which has been delayed already twice at Alberta's in part because the companies involved in the Chemical of Canada Ltd. and Dome Petroleum Ltd. of costs Dow and he have been pressuring the government find out where they with respect to approval of the Mr. Lougheed says that while Alberta is interested in agricultural transportation equity and other areas for improved economic immediate priority is the manufacturing of ethylene and derivatives on a world- scale basis from the natural gas component ethane.'' In this he says the implications of the Petrosar petrochemical project planned for Sarnia and concerns PETER LOUGHEED DONALD MACDONALD Explosions shake Lebanon capital ASSOCIATED PRESS The Israeli military command said its planes strafed and bombed Arab guerrilla targets in southern Lebanon again today barely 24 hours after its devastating retaliatory attack there. It said all aircraft returned safely after a 30-minute raid. At the same six thun- derous explosions shook the Bombs kill 10 in Dublin DUBLIN At least 10 persons are feared dead after four bombs placed in automobiles exploded in rush-hour crowds in the centre of the city today. Police reported scenes of carnage and confusion with bodies strewn around the streets. Lebanese capital of Beirut in quick succession. One uncon- firmed report said anti- aircraft batteries in the port area opened fire on Israeli planes. But Israel said its jets at- tacked on the western slopes of Mount far south of Beirut. Radio Damascus said Syrian jets clashed with the Israeli planes and shot one down. The broadcast said the Syrian jets prevented the other Israeli planes from bombing new targets and them Egypt warned Israel Thurs- day night that the Arab world- would not stand idle while ter- rorist acts were committed against civilians in southern Lebanon. Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi said in an official statement as war talk was renewed in Egypt. Rainfall slows seed operation Farm seeding operations throughout Southern Alberta ground to a halt Thursday after a rainfall of more than half an. inch. But the weather office predicts mostly sunny conditions through the Victoria Day weekend with threats of showers and thunder showers in the afternoons. The temperatures are expected to be about 55 degrees today and near 60 throughout the weekend. City gardeners may have suffered damage to plants Thursday night. Clear skies contributed to temperatures near freezing in many areas in the South causing frost to form on windows of vehicles. Sherry regional director of the Alberta department of agriculture in said farmers are in excellent shape now. There has been of an inch of rain -in the south since May levels which were already highest in 20 years. Mr. Clark said farmers need lots of heat and sun now to germinate the crops already in the ground and to dry the land so they can finish their seeding operations. firmly declares that the Israeli acts of flagrant ag- gression on the civilian popu- lation can only have the gravest consequences which Israel must bear in mind. Arab world can not stand idle before this terrorism. London said the Israeli air raids Thursday were of Nazi and that the casualty toll of a horrifying can safely say scores were killed and hundreds Information Minister Fahmy Shahin told a news conference in Beirut He said Lebanese President Suleiman Franjieh called for UN action to curb Israel's Israeli jets hit seven areas south of Beirut on Thursday in retaliation for an Arab terrorist raid on an Israeli schoolhouse Wednesday in which more than a score of Israelis were killed. 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