Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXVI 279 NOVEMBER 9 28 Pagef 10 Cents Revenue offer made for oil OTTAWA The pro- ducing primarily have been offered 40 per cent of the revenue generated by the new barrel federal export tax on crude oil. An energy department spokesman said the offer was made at a meeting last before Alberta broke off energy communications with Ottawa. The between Energy Minister Donald Mac- donald and four Alberta cabinet took place when the tax still was pegged at 40 cents. The bitterly opposed to it from the broke off energy talks after Ottawa raised the tax to four days later. At current export levels of about one million barrels of crude a the tax would generate about million a month. which produces 85 per cent of all domestic would get about 120.1 million a month. with an 11-per-cent production would get about British with four per just under and with one per roughly The million left over would be used to develop new energy sources mainly in the producing the spokesman said. in all would mean a large additional share for Alberta since new sources would include reserves such as the northern Alberta oil he added. Don Alberta inter- governmental affairs turned down the offer during the meeting with Mr. saying the province does not accept the tax in principle and is not prepared to accept a deal dividing the said the spokesman. 'Arab pressure' to be studied WASHINGTON A House of Representatives sun- committee will open an in- vestigation into whether re- cent Canadian oil policy moves were dictated by Canada recently imposed a 40-cents-a-barrel tax on crude billion paid to government CALGARY The oil industry has paid the Alberta government more than billion in revenues since oil and gas production started in the province at a large scale in this year the in- dustry is paying more than ever due to the government's increased royalty rates. The Canadian Petroleum Association says revenues paid to the provincial govern- ment in rentals and sales reached billion at the end of September and are expected to top billion by the end of 1973. oil then-jumped the tax to a barrel. At the same she temporarily suspended issuance of licences for export of petroleum products pending an assessment of Canadian needs. Dante chairman of the inter-Amencan affairs subcommittee of the House of said in a will ask state depart- ment witnesses in particular about Canadian cutback of oil for the U.S. because of Arab pressure and what remedies are possible A fascell in a telephone said Canadian embassy has been of the but that no Canadians have been invited to testify. of Congress con- cerned about the situation will have an opportunity to present their views to the subcom- mittee next Tuesday and Nov. 13 and to testimony from administration officials on Nov. the state- ment said. Fascell said the inquiry is being conducted independently in line President Nixon's call for urgent action in the energy emergency. Inside part of the airline plan to i conserve fuel.' Classified....... 24-27 Comics...........22 Comment.......... 4 District...........17 Family........ 21 Joan Waterfield 7 Local News 16 Markets..........23 Sports......... 13 Theatres 7 Travel.............11 9. 10 Weather........... 3 At Home 8 LOW TONIGHT HIGH SAT. SUNNY PERIODS Group sex okayed .BONN the Weal German Bnndesrat today gave its final teal of approval to legislation legalizing group wife- swapping and the sale of pornographic materials. The legislation nography excluding material involving animals and persons at leant 18 years of age. Homosexual acts among men at least 18 ceases to be punishable and married couples are no longer legally barred from having sexual relations with third par- ties. Egypt agree to peace proposal Ready for service Not all the city's snow removal crews shut down at 7 a.m. Workmen began today clearing snow from the area of the Cenotaph at Gait Gardens. Services at the Cenotaph are an important part of the city's Remembrance Day tribute to particularly Southern who died in the war. Watergate conspirators receive prison terms WASHINGTON Wa- tergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt was sentenced today to a minimum of 2Vz years in prison and fined 000 while five other of the son- spirators received lighter sentences. The recom- mended leniency in the cases of James McCord and four Miami men. McCord was the first of the Watergate con- spirators to begin co- operating with the gov- ernment's investigations into the political espionage scan- and the four Miamians participated in the 1972 break- in at Democratic party head- quarters in the Watergate hotel out of a sense of mis- guided the govern- ment said. who has served several months in jail and is currently free on was sentenced to a term of one to five years in prison with no fine U S. District Judge John Sirica said he has 10 days to appeal his conviction and may remain free on bond for 15 or possibly longer if he does choose to appeal. Bernard the Miami real estate man who recruited three U S. Central Intelligence Agency associates for the Watergate received a sentence of to six years. The three Eugenio Frank Sturgis and Virgilio received sentences of from one to four which Sirica called lowest WASHINGTON -The United States government an- nounced today Israel and Egypt have accepted a six- point agceement intended to pave the way for negotiations to reach a permanent settle- ment in the war-torn Middle East. White House officials released the text of a letter from State Secretary Henry Kissinger to United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim listing the six points and saying represen- tatives of the two countries will meet Saturday to sign the agreement. The six points do not include a reported Egyptian conces- sion lifting the blockade of the Bab el Mandeb Straits on the southern entrance to the Red Sea. This was included in the text of the agreement by U.S. officials Thursday as Kissinger wound up his tour of five Arab countries. Support troops ready to roll OTTAWA External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp announced today that partial agreement has been reached on support troops for the United Nations emergency force and that signallers will be leaving in a few days for the Middle East. informants said that Canadian signallers might leave as early as Satur- day. Mr. Sharp told the Com- mons that Canada will provide communications for UNEF and it is understood under the agreement that Poland will be sending an engineer unit as its first contribution to sup- porting the peacekeeping force which it shares with Canada. He said it was conceivable that he could hear as early as Thursday night how il is pro- posed to divide the support role among the Canadians Poles He and Defence Minister James Richar-dson said an'ad- vance party of Canadians could the Middle East as early as. this weekend. The number involved in that initial movement was not known but Mr. Richardson said it may be limited to signallers Canada and Poland sent evaluation teams to the Mid- dle East at the first of the week to study the supply and support needs of UNEF at the request of Mr. Waldheim. Mr Waldheim has received reports back from the teams but Mr Sharp said he does not know whether he has enough information to make a decision. The Security Council voted last Friday that the support role should be filled by Canada and Poland. Canada subsequently sug- gested that it provide air sup- head- quarters staff and some administration. Mr. Sharp and Mr Richard- son have suggested that ex- perienced Canadians may be needed at least run the transport and supply jobs which under Canada's proposal would be handled by the Poles. two Conser- vative MPs brought up the question of Communist Poland's role in war and peace in the Middle1 East. Claude Wagner Hya- Conservative exter- nal affairs asked Mr. Sharp if any check has been made whether Poland fought on the side of the Egyptians in recent hostilities City has money for snow The city still has about 80 per cent of its snow removal budget for 1973 left from last year's mild but just because the money is there doesn't mean it will be spent before the year's end. City public works superintendent Barry Temple -says' his department is stick- ing by its policy of not remov- ing snow from city streets un- til there is an accumulation of at least four inches of packed snow. This has been the procedure in Lethbridge for a number of he said. Two snow removal and grading crews are working around the one crew druing the day and the other from 11 p.m. to 7 a m. They will continue their work all winter unless a Chinook clears things Mr. Temple said. Graders are currently cutting down ridges at he said. Sanding trucks are also at work 24 hours a day. Mr. Tem- ple estimated roughtly 400 to 500 tons of sand have been dumped on city streets since the winter weather began a week ago Wednesday. Mr. Temple also said Lethbridge isn't affected by a department of the environ- ment snow removal order issued Thursday. The department gave Calgary and Edmonton per- mission to dump snow from their streets into their as is the usual but the cities will have to monitor their activities so pollution levels can be determined Mr Temple said when snow is removed from Lethbridge streets it is left at inland dumps. don't dump on any water courses or watershed he said. Text of the as given in Kissinger's letter to included these and Israel agree to observe scrupulously the ceasefire called for by the UN Security Council. sides agree that dis- cussions between them will begin immediately to settle the question of the return to the Oct. 22 positions in the framework of agreement on the disengagement and separation of forces under the auspices of the United Nations town of Suez will re- ceive daily supplies of water and medicine All wounded civilians in the town of Suez will be evacuated. should be no imped- iment to the movement of non- military supplies to the east bank Israeli checkpoints on the Cairo-Suez road will be re- placed by UN checkpoints. At the Suez end of the road Israeli officers can par- ticipate with the UN to super- vise the non-military nature of the cargo at the bank of the canal. soon as the UN check- points are established on the Cairo-Suez there will be an exchange of all in- cluding wounded. who helped work out the agreement during the last two weeks in talks with Egyptian and Israeli skid the two countries agreed to sign the pact Saturday at a meeting on the Suez-Cairo road'under UN auspices. Kissinger's aides had told reporters travelling with him that the new agreement will the way to full-scale peace negotiations by the end of the year Liberal win rebuke to party rule LONDON The tiny Liberal party today scored a thin-edged victory in one bye- lection m what appeared as a stinging electoral rebuke to both of Britain's major par- ties. The Liberal victory at Ber- wick-Upon-Tweed in North England followed setbacks for the governing Conservative and opposition Labor parties in three other byelections. Seen and heard About town POLICE commission member Sven Ericksen telling how polite the policeman was as he wrote him a speeding ticket Charles Virtue remarking after being in- troduced at the opening ses- sion of the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs by Blaine Thacker that one way to get a good introduction is to have a junior partner in the firm do the honors Brooks and Drumheller included in plan CN-CP on bids for Alberta coal transport TORONTO An On- tario study indicates that rail costs for moving Alberta coal to Ontario markets are mudi less than were quoted by Canada's two major transportation Minister Sordon Carton has told the legislature. The done for the province by Toronto con- lultlng firm R. L. Banks and indicated that uniMraln costs rrom coal-producing area in Uberta to Thunder Ont. ire least 35 per cent than the rates quoted n September to the Ontario rovernment by Canadian National Railways and CP tail. Mr. Carton said he was sur- prised at the which mean that Alberta coal po- tentially much more com- petitive in the Ontario market then had been previously be- Three Alberta government who met earlier Thursday with Mr. Carton and Ontario Energy Minister Darcy were in the legislature to hear the statement. They were Fred industry and com- Don and William mines and minerals. Mr. Cartpn said the province is anxious to proceed with a second study to deter- mine the ways and means On- tario can provide Alberta coal for provincial markets. But to do the province required costs data from the railways they had hertofore treated as confiden- tial. He said the railways should be forced to release the information in the national interest. Mr. Peacock said later his government was enthused with the findings of the On- tario and would like to proceed immediately to work out arrangements to ship Alberta coal east. complements the on- going studies and work that our people have been carrying-out for some Mr. Peacock said. Mr. Carton told the legisla- ture that the Ontario study has suddenly increased federal in- terest in the marketing possi- bilities for Alberta coal. Ontario hopes a plan can be worked out whereby Alberta coal from such areas as and Forestburg can be moved by rail to Thunder Bay and by barge through the Great Lakes to Ontario markets. The study team found that the average rail cost per net ton to move metallurgical and steam coal to Thunder assuming railway-owned cars and a 10-per-cent cost of was and respectively. This compared with the railways' proposed rate of The consultants' estimates were based on public cost date and simulated unit train movements from various Alberta areas to the Thunder Bay terminus. Costs were derived from publicly-known rail cost in- formation and operational data provided by the railways. Warning that findings pro- vided only preliminary esti- the consultants said they are con- sidered to be sufficiently dependable and accurate to provide a point of departure for public policy At a news Mr. Getty said Alberta has already received assurance from Prime Minister Trudeau that railway freight rate figures will be made available on a confidential basis. satisfied we can get the Mr. Getty said in reference to Mr. Carton's comment that the two provinces need to know how the railways arrived at their figure of Mr. McKeough told the conference the phase-two study would attempt to deter- mine much we can lower that figure of based on the consultants' com- putations and that of the two railways. Mr. Carton said if the railways their the phase- two study could be started and completed within nine months. He said if there are no unforeseen developments it was conceivable Ontario could be receiving its first supplies of Alberta coal in about one year. Mr. McKeough said Ontario consumers may be willing to pay of a for Alberta coal to assure security of supply. On- tario currently relies totally on the United States for its coal he said. Mr. McKeough produced figures to show that it costs between and 75 a ton in transportation costs to ship coal from the United States to Hamilton. The mine-head cost of coal of about a ton in the U.S. and Western Canada was about the he said. Mr. McKeough said Alberta coal is not likely to be cheaper in but the con- sultants' findings indicate the cost gap can be considerably narrowed. The study indicated Ontario' would probably purchase about 17.5 million tons of coal a year from Alberta if contracts can be negotiated Mr. Getty said Alberta is ready to enter into a long- term agreement with Ontario to ensure coal supplies.