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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHIRIDQE Novtmbtr Alberta-based oil companies exploring south of the border EDMONTON Faced by the prospect of higher royalties in Canada and entic- ed by increasing natural gas prices in the United independent Alberta-based oil companies have been con- ducting exploration programs south of the border. Herb a geologist with the Montana government board of oil and gas conserva- tion in confirmed the move of Alberta-based com- panies into that state. Drilling of wildcat gas wells in Montana has increased by 35 per cent over last year and much of that is due to greater activity by Canadian com- he said in a telephone interview. The Montana government is dealing with large rush of for permits to drill for oil and of them from Alberta-based Mr. Hadley added. prices plus your tax picture seem to be encourag- ing a lot of Canadian com- panies to go foreign. Oil and gas industry execu- tives say the trend is likely to although most com- panies now operating in Alberta are expected to main- tain the present level of ex- ploration within the province. Industry spokesmen say hardest hit by the swing away from Canadian exploration probably will be British where the provin- cial government is looking at the possibility of a higher paid by pro- petroleum re- sources. HITS OTHER AREAS Reductions in exploration also are expected in Saskatchewan and the North. given up looking at Saskatchewan and the Canadian said Stan president of Chieftain Development Co. Ltd. see some real potential starting to open up in the United He said the company has suspended exploration activi- ty in British Columbia because of the provincial government's position regarding royalties. Bill president of Numac Oil and Gas said the key to the move to Mon- tana and North Dakota by Alberta-based companies is the soaring price of natural gas in the United States. they find gas or oil down they can get full price for he said. costing too much to find a barrel of oil here and the easy stuff has all been found. Unless things we're going to lose a lot of the Spirit improves among Canadians CAIRO For Canada's military never distinguished for their gentleness or knack of winn- ing the end of the week held joys but for their might have brought tears to their eyes. As it they took it all with admirable stoicism and indulged in only a restrained display of exhuberance. cups are flooding exclaimed Cpl. Donald Thorson of Calgary as he de- scribed their latest delights. The blessings included the promise of a tent to live in after nearly a week of sleep- ing outside on a cement plat- form during the chilly Egyp- tian nights. Added to this was the first fresh any of the Canadian peacekeeping troops have enjoyed since arriving a week ago and setting up headquarters at a disused racetrack. ANOTHER LUXURY On top of a Canadian acquaintance had promised to let the military police use his downtown hotel room to take showers which they haven't had since leaving Canada. things mean a mused Cpl. Jack Peder- sen of soon can I be The troops now are beginn- ing to receive movies from home as well although beer supplies are running most of the men straight they prefer good food to good drink. A special officer has also been appointed to provide rec- reation facilities for the Cana- dians and hopes are high for a tour of nearby pyramids and tourist sites. MORALE RISES The lack of proper accom- including washrooms and a method of combatting the hordes of is an extreme irritant for the troops but the fact that some are beginning to move out towards the ceasefire lines to start their assigned task as communicators seem to be keeping morale high. About 30 men now are en- gaged in the communications role and as convoy drivers in the area near the Suez canal where the Israeli and Egyp- tian armies face each other across the truce zones. There is still a degree of op- timism among the Canadians that they may be assigned the task of supplying the whole United Nations which Major British parties face grim future LONDON The results of Britain's recent byelections followed by the energy and credit squeeze have left both major political parties in their own state of emergency. opposition Labor Party would be in a powerful position to a devastating attack on government policy but for the fact that its own members are still suffering from a psy- chological hangover caused by the byelection results. The irony of the situation is that the Conservative govern- ment's announcement of worstever trade figures and a state of emergency on the power supply situation came just as Labor backbenchers once again mumbling about getting rid of Harold Wilson as party leader. No one takes such talk too seriously but observers suggest it had an unnerving effect on the Labor front bench just the same. In the background was their anguish over the poor party showings in the four byelec- including loss of a once- safe seat in Glasgow to a Scottish and hav- ing the Labor vote cut elsewhere. Labor now has lost three reasonably safe seats in 12 at tune when voters traditionally tend to demonstrate discontent with the government of the day. PARTY FEELS LASH To party the re- sults suggest public opposition to the party's move to the left at the fill conference which endorsed sweeping plans for nationalization of indutry and Ux policies broad enough to Uke in work- ers in the bracket. If the party may be hard- pressed to modify its position before the next general elec- tion that must come within 17 months. Whatever the problems of the Labor there is not much joy on the other side of the either. Prime Minister Heath's Conservatives lost a seat to the thrusting little Liberal Party and saw its share of the vote cut while the government's whole economic policy now seems in jeopardy over the ever-yawning gap in Britain's trade figures. Economists speculate that Britain may have to lower its sights to a 3.5-per-cent rate of although treasury chief Anthony Barber only recently boasted of a five-per- cent or ever greater. LIBERALS TRIUMPH the Liberal Par- riding on the crest of a much vaunted has won five byelections in the last bringing its membership in the 630-seat House to 11. Despite their op- political analysts discount their am- bitious claims for the next general election. In the weeks the political situation may hinge largely on the government's challenge to the electricity workers more the coal miners. Experts suggest that if the government is forced to back down on these wage it can expect a whole range of similar demands from other and a grey winter of discontent troubled by cuts in transport and other services. This might add to apparent public disenchantment with both major Con- servatives for their inability to cope and the Socialists for their total commitment to the no matter what the effect. The Liberals probably would reap some political benefits. may reach with food and other re- in addition to their communications responsibilities. Their hopes received an added boost Friday when the UN requested a Canadian air- craft to take 60 Finnish peace- keeping troops to Cyprus for leave and bring another 60 men back to Cairo. Bill a native of Winni- peg and a regimental says the troops can take on any job assigned them. give me the and I'll move these guys out of here so fast they'll never know what hit Another reason Canadian companies are interested in the U.S. is that the barrel export tax that goes into effect Dec. 1 in Canada could result in the loss of valuable customers. PRICE MAY DOUBLE Hans manager of the Canadian Petroleum said the best incentive for Alberta-based companies to turn to the United States is that the wellhead price of natural gas in for may soon be about double that of Alberta. The state currently has applications before the U.S. Federal Power Commission for permission to boost the wellhead price of gas to a minimum of 40 cents per thou- sand cubic feet. In Premier Peter Lougheed late last year an- nounced the government's in- tention to have the wellhead price of gas increased 10 to 20 cents per cubic feet. The price at that time was about 16 centf per cubic feet. The energy resources con- servation in its review of field pricing of gas in the said in July that the average price had increased to about 20 per cents per cubic feet. situation in Alberta is that you have no market for the natural gas you might whereas in Montana you have an immediate Mr. Maciej said. almost try to tie you into the pipeline before the ce- ment is dry at the Surveys have shown an esti- mated 400 billion cubic feet of gas in shallow deposits across the northern and central re- gions of Montana. A further 400 billion to 600 billion cubic feet have been found but not yet exploited in more souther- ly regions. Oil reserves in the state are estimated at 366 million barrels. Testimony ready Former White House chief of staff H. R. Hal- before Judge John who is hearing testimony deman arrives at the United States District Court in about the White House tapes related to the Watergate Washington Friday. He went to court to testify affair. ____ Housing branch erred in firing OTTAWA Central Mortgage and Housing Corp. apparently did not follow ground rules laid down by for- mer prime minister Lester Pearson when it fired senior public servant Walter Rud- nicki. Mr. father of five and with 18 years of serv- ice in the was fired in an Oct. 15 letter from corporation president William Teron. Mr. Teron's letter said Mr. Rudnicki was guilty of in allegedly show- ing a cabinet document on proposed government policy on native housing to the Native Council of Canada. Mr. Rudnicki has denied the and has threatened legal action to get back his job. He former- ly worked with the Indian and northern affairs department and the government agency waging the war on 'poverty. In Mr. Pearson told the Commons about the difficulties involved in securing confidential government information while at the same time ensur- ing the human rights of per- sons suspected of leaking the information. 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