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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHtnrldge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, .-RIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1974 15 Cents East Slope coal permits target of EGA inquiry By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer The Alberta Environment Conservation Authority will investigate the conduct of the government in granting coal exploration permits for the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies Acting under its mandate contained in the Environment Conservation Act, the authori- ty should report to the govern- ment by early next year, Walter Trost, chairman of the authority, said Thursday. The EGA did not discover the raft of exploration permits being granted during a moratorium on slopes development until this summer, Dr. Trost said Meanwhile, a member of a committee asked to study the matter has accused Lands and Forests Minister Allan Warrack of lying about the issue Graham Griffiths, an Ed- monton biologist, says Dr. Warrack lied when he said ex- ploration permits were not be- ing issued outside the boun- daries of present coal leases. And Richard Pharis, presi- dent of the Alberta Wilderness Association, has accused the minister of cover- ing up environmental damage to the Caw Ridge area near Grande Cache northwest of Edmonton. Dr. Pharis says that despite assurances from the minister, 30 miles of buldozed road have caused major environmental damage. Both Dr Pharis and Dr. Griffiths were members of an adhoc sub-committee on coal exploration which advised the environment authority to investigate 58 permits granted The controversy surrounds the 58 exploration permits granted between June and May 29, 1974 by lands and forests The department will continue to grant such permits with suitable environmental safeguards, Dr. Warrack said recently. The department of the en- vironment had announced there would be a moratorium on development in the slopes until decisions were reached on recommendations from its environment authority Those recommendations only came down this fall But lands and forests con- tinued issuing permits on the grounds that exploration was not development The depart- ment is advised by an explora- tion review committee con- sisting of members from the departments of lands and forests, environment mines and minerals and industry and commerce and the energy resources conservation board Dr Warrack has accepted responsibility for a "com- munications breakdown" which caused the premier to send out letters this summer stating that no exploration was being allowed The premier's office was forced to send a correcting letter that exploration was actually progressing in connection with existing programs. 'Deeply In September, the ad hoc committee to a public ad- visory committee of the EGA said it was "deeply disturbed and puzzled that we ourselves, all the members of the ECA's advisory committee we have contacted, the members of the authority themselves, and even Premier Lougheed evidently believed that a 'development freeze' implied a freeze on coal exploration approvals as well "We only began to appreciate the full import ear- ly in the summer, that there had been a considerable amount of exploration." Dr Trost told The Herald Thur- sday "We didn't know how much there had been until then. "It wasn't until there had been discussion and letters from the public that we got a feeling for what developed into a Dr Trost said The thing is a little confus- ed and ambiguous because the decision to put a moratorium on development was taken in stages, then there is the am- biguity of exploration versus development." He said he has discussed the investigation with Dr Warrack and Environment Minister Bill Yurko and that they support it The authority is an adviser to the depart- ment of environment and holds public hearings on various environmental matters. Millions greet Ford SEOUL (AP) President Ford saw the biggest crowd of his life in South Korea's capital today, then travelled close to the frontier with Com- munist North Korea to visit United States troops The Korean national police estimated about two million flag-waving, confetti- throwing Koreans turned out for the U S. president's arrival. Reporters estimated the crowd at a million or more, roughly equivalent to the turnout for president Lyndon Johnson in 1966. President Chung Hee Park established a heavy security- guard to prevent opponents of his dictatorship making trou- ble during Ford's visit But twice during the 10-mile drive from the airport into Seoul, Ford emerged from Park's ar- mored limousine with his host in tow and mingled with the crowd. BOY PILOTS CRASH BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) Two teen-agers receiv- ing instructions from a control tower flew a small private plane 300 miles after the pilot suffered a heart attack, but panicked as they tried to land in poor weather. The plane crashed, killing all four persons aboard. The pilot was stricken after the small Cessna took off from Cali, and the boys, 16 and 17, took over. Instructed by the Bogota control tower, they managed to fly the plane to the Bogota airport but bad weather closed in as they tried to land. Bomb blasts kill 19 in crowded pubs BIRMINGHAM (AP) Home Secretary Roy Jenkins of Britain today pledged an all-out campaign against Irish terrorists after bombs killed 19 persons and fanned anti- Irish feeling in this second largest English city. The bomb explosions in two crowded bars Thursday night also injured 184. _____________________ In London Jenkins told the House of Commons that emergency laws may soon be introduced to combat terrorism in Britain, but he gave no details. He said he will make a further state- ment to Parliament Mon- day. "There is no question of us UTCCl submitting to a victory for ter- rorism and we are determined BODIES LIE IN RUBBLE OF BOMBED PUB Poor provinces eyeing share of Alberta's oil, gas revenues OTTAWA (CP) For the seven poorest provinces the issue in the fight over resources taxes is how much money extra they will get to spend on such things as schools, hospitals and roads. Stripping away such argu- ments as the federal right to tax and the division of power under Confederation, the issue boils down to how much other provinces will share in the oil wealth of Alberta and Sas- katchewan. Even Ontario, rich in both minerals and manufacturing capacity, could be eligible for a share. After federal and provincial leaders bargained behind clos- ed doors for several months, the fight was brought into the open Monday with the tabling in Parliament of Finance Minister John Turner's budget A statement in the budget conflicts with what Prime Minister Trudeau said about revenue sharing in March, and opposition MPs have been hammering away at this dis- crepancy in the Commons this week. Mr. Turner, in the budget speech, appeared to have stated the final government decision on the issue. Then in the House Thursday, Mr. Turner appeared to say there remained room for bargaining, when finance ministers meet here in December, on how the provinces will divide the new oil-tax money. The seven poor with slightly less than half the those which receive equalization payments. These are payments made by the federal government to provinces whose revenues are below the national average. The three rich provinces are Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia- Spending up OTTAWA (CP) Treasury Board President Jean Chre- tien tabled estimates of ad- ditional government spending today, boosting the total for the fiscal year to almost billion. Inside 28 Pages Classified.......22-26 Comics.......20 Comment..........4 15-17 Markets ......21 Theatres........11 Travel..............9 TV............ Weather............3 At Home.........28 LOW TONIGHT 0; HIGH SAT. 30; SUNNY, COOL. House, Senate committees approve Rocky nomination WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate rules committee voted unanimously today to recom- mend the approval of Nelson Rockefeller to be vice- president of the United States. Rockefeller's nomination also appears certain to win a solid recommendation from the House of Representatives judiciary committee, despite some concern about his vast wealth. "Representative Jerome Waldie (Dem. Calif.) said at committee hearings Thursday he sees a pattern in Rockefeller's loans, gifts and political and charitable contributions to use money to "enhance your political power." The 9-to-O vote sent the nomination to the Senate floor. The full Senate is ex- pected to vote after Congress returns from its U.S. Thanksgiving weekend re- cess. The rules committee deci- sion came after eight weeks of investigation and hearings into the finances and public and private record of the former New York governor The decision became unani- mous when Senator James al- ien (Dem Ala joined the majority to vote for Rockefeller. Allen had said earlier he had not made up his mind how he would vote because he dis- approved of Rockefeller's "big government, tax and spend philosophy." But Allen said that from Rockefeller's responses at the hearings he believes Rockefel- ler has moved philosophically toward the right 'Alta. prepared to reduce U.S. oil exports9 Herald News Services OTTAWA Alberta is quite prepared to see oil exports to the U S reduced. Jack Horner