Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 9, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
SNOW FFORECAST HIGH SATURDAY 30-35 The lethkidge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 252 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS -24 PAGES Alberta Says Govt. Wrong In Gas Case By WALTER KREVENCHUK EDMONTON CP) Alberta, which produces 88 per cent of Canada's natural gas and ranks as an expert on the subject, says the federal government has taken the wrong approach regarding gas exports to the United States. Last week Ottawa approved the biggest single in- crease in exports to the U.S. since pipeline exports began in the late 1050s, 'but reduced the amount sought by five companies to 6.3 from 9.8 trillion cubic feet. The reduction was a mistake, says Russell Patrick, Alberta mines minister. There already was a serious slump in oil and gas exploration in Western Canada and closing export outlets would "really aggravate" the situation. In the first eight months of 1970, Alberta govern- ment revenue from sales of Crown reserves, an indi- cator of exploration activity, were only million. Final returns for the year are expected to be the low- est since the province started its honeymoon with the petroleum industry in 194? and far below the million collected in 1969. There hasn't been a major oil discovery in Alberta for more than five years and Mr. Patrick says the only thing that has kept exploration humming has been the search for gas. But without assured markets, the incentive to look for more gas will not exist. U.S. Needs It The national energy board has estimated that the fuel-short U.S. will need about three trillion cubic feet of Canadian natural gas a year by 1980, but there is some doubt whether the federal government will allow that much to be shipped across the border. Discussing the situation J. J. Greene, federal energy minister, said a "message is there" for the U.S. government. He said discovery of oil and gas goes hamd-in-hand and Canada thinks exports of both, commodities should too, without restriction. If there wasn't a market for Canadian oil, then exports of gas to the U.S. would be pinched. The U.S. now has a ceiling of barrels on imports of Canadian oil east of the Rockies. Mr.. Patrick brushed aside argurpents that higher exports will'result prices to Canadian con- sumers and will eventually leave Canada without ade- quate gas supplies. Canada had enough surplus gas to provide ade- quately for the country's forseeable future require- ments. The Canadian Petroleum Association had esti- mated that Canada had potential 'gas reserves of 464.1 trillion cubic feet. Has Vast Reserves In Alberta, the oil and gas conservation board had estimated the province's established reserves at 45.2 trillion cubic feet and ultimate reserves at 100 trillion cubic feet. Tile estimates compared With export commitments of 18 trillion cubic feet during the next 20 to 25 years. Mr. Patrick said he was particularly disappointed in the energy board's rejection of a bid by Northern Natural Gas Co. of Omaha, Neb. for 1.5 trillion cubic feet. He described the rejection as discrimination and noted the Northern Natural, through a Canadian sub- sidiary had pumped more than million into explor- ation in Alberta. "A direct result of that money was the discovery of two large gas fields at Strachan and in southwestern Alberta, he said. As for the prices Mr. Patrick said iliat had it not been for the lure of export markets, foreign oil firms would not have searched as hard for natural gas. Less would have been found, supplies would have dwindled and Canadian users "would be paying a lot more for their gas now." 30-Year Supply Alberta, which attempts to keep a 30-year supply on hand for its own use, has approved 35.450 trillion cubic feet of gas for export from the province. About seven trillion cubic feet had been piped out of the province by the end of June. Since largo-volume gas removal from Alberta was authorized in the mid-1950s more than billion has been spent on gathering, transmission and distribution pipeline systems in Canada. The industry has spawned 112 processing plants to produce by-products. Capital investment in the plants is more than million. Alberta government income from the petroleum in- dustry since 1947 passed the billion mark this year, with 1.3 billion coming from land sales, 948 million from royalties and million from rentals. The ropalty, adjusted every 10 years, now is 16 2-3 per cnnl on raw crude oil and natural gas. The last adjustment was in 1962. The oil and gas conservation board estimated that at the end of 1969, Alberta had remaining proved reserves of crude oil of 7.695 billion barrels. More Uian 2.98 billion barrels had been prouced since 1947. Money spent on oil and gas exploration and devel- opment in Alberta between 1947 and 1969 amounted to 7.983 million. The estimates of crude oil reserves do not include the oil sands in northeastern Alberta, which the con- xcTvation board estimates have recoverable reserves of OT billion barrels. Has Proof McLain Traded CINCINNATI (AP) Denny McLain was reinstated by base- ball commissioner Bowie Kuhn Friday and Detroit Tigers have traded him to Washington Sena- tors. To complete the transaction to send the controversial pitcher to Washington seven other players changed hands, four going to Detroit. Sent to Detroit were pitchers Jim Hannan and Joe Coleman, shortstop Ed Brinkman and third baseman Aurelio Rodri- guez. The Tigers also sent to the Senators third baseman Don Wert, infielder-outfielder Elliott Maddox. and right handed pitcher Norm McRae. Kidnapping Question: Is Cross Dead Or Alive? By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A military spokesman in Tel Aviv said today that Israel has definite proof that Soviet crews are manning anti-aircraft mis- sile sites en the Egyptian side of the Suez canal. "We have photographic and other evidence proving that Russians are manning SAM-3 missiles at the the spokesman said. The spokesman refused to say what "other evidence" Israel possesses, but observers believe it may include radio traffic be- tween Russians and Egyptians which the Israelis intercepted. The Soviet government Thurs- day denied its personnel were manning the missile batteries it has supplied Egypt. It count- ered rath charges that Israel is making "almost daily" intru- sions into Egyptian air space, that Israeli troops are "coritinu- ously building fortifications" along the east side of the Suez canal, and that Israel and the United States are stalling Mid- dle East peace talks. Tile statement coincided with Israel's 22nd complaint that Egypt is violating the Middle East ceasefire by deploying So- viet missiles in the standstill zone along the canal. In Beirut, the right-wing newspaper Al Hayat reported that President Nasser had is- sued orders a week before he died for the withdrawal of the missiles. The paper said as soon as Nasser died, a group of jun- ior army officers apparently prevailed on Gen. Mohammed Fawzi, the Egyptian com- mander-in-chief, to reverse the order. NUCLEAR FORCE LONDON (CP) The Evening Standard says Israel is believed to have developed nu- clear weapons 'and a -striking force of nuclear bombers. The Eeaverbrook newspaper, in a headlined story, says the graying conviction that the Is- raelis would use this power if faced by defeat is considered in diplomatic circles to be the major factor in Soviet efforts to cool the Middle East situation. CHANGEOVER Cambodian army reviewing.stand overlooking the royal palace garden on the the Bassac river jn Phnom Penh Friday. Parade marked the.changeover of the form of government os the ancient kingdom became a. republic. Visible in rear is the new.Cambodian flag. Pompidou Attends Red Launching Republic Cambodia Becomes From A-Reuters NOVOSIBIRSK, U .S .S .R. Georges Pompidou of France has wit- nessed the launching of a Soviet spacecraft at the Baikonur cos- m o d r o m e, the Soviet News agency Tass confirmed today. He became the second West- ern leader hi history to be al- lowed to see the Soviet space facility in action. The other Westerner was Pompidou's predecessor, President Charles de Gaulle, who visited the So- viet Union in 1966. The unmanned satellite Cos- mos 368 Thursday was de- scribed only as a "biological re- search" craft that is testing life-support systems for ani- mals. Pompidou is in the Soviet Union on an eight-day state visit and is in this Siberian city on a provincial tour. Pompidou and Soviet Presi- dent Nikolai Podgorny flew to this western Siberian city today from the top-secret cosmod- rome. They discussed the Mid- dle East and Indochina during the flight. Bolivian Rivals Swap Hot Words LA PAZ (Reuters) Presi- dent Juan Jose Torres of Bo- livia continued work on a new cabinet today after telling a re- volt-minded former ally he Would tolerate no opposition. Right-wing Col. Miguel Ayo- No Herald On Monday Monday, Oct. 12, being a statutory holiday in obser- vance of Thanksgiving, The Herald will not publish. Full coverage of the weekend news will bo carried in Tues- day's edition. Display advertising for Wednesday, Oct. 14, must be at The Herald by a.m. Saturday. Classified adver- tisements received by a.m. Saturday will appear in the Tuesday, Oct. 13 edition. roa-Montana announced Thurs- day night that he and his 500- man Yungani regiment would oppose Gen. Torres and added that he had the support of an- other La Paz garrison. But his troops made no imme- diate move against the new leader and observers believed that he would soon surrender. Reports said that forces loyal, to Torres had surrounded the regi- ment's garrison and the observ- ers said they could easily crash the opposition. Torres responded to Ayovoa's challenge by saying he would punish the rebellious com- mander and "any other in- volved in this crime with the utmost severity, without second thoughts, and with the use of the armed forces." Then lie added: "It is intoler- able that a man whom I consi- dered an officer with honor, and whom a few hours before con- firmed his loyalty to me, should now offer this traitorous specta- Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN CLUB member Jim- my Goldie (Park Lake 4-H) causing some red faces among parents who thought his worth of "try and get a free pull" tickets was a heavy expense. He won The wake of Bing Cros- by's southern Alberta visit felt again as Rita Kiss di- rected a 'stranger' to a game permit office only to be told later it was 'Der Bingle' George Robinson telling friends, as soon as he sells his sports car, he and his wife will no longer be known as the "swift family PHNOM PENH (AP) Can- non thundered a ragged salute, thousands of youths paraded in a variety of uniforms, and the ancient kingdom of Cambodia became a republic today in the middle of a war. Leaders of the government that ousted Prince Norodom Si- hanouk as chief of state March 18 moved up in military rank in honor of the occasion: Premier Lon Kol to full general, Vice- Premier Sisowath Sirik Matak to lieutenant-general, and Im Tarn, president of the National Assembly, to major-general. Im Tarn said (he new republic ends more than years of "often cruel, capricious rule by the monarchy." "We solemnly proclaim on Oct. that from this hour Cambodia is a republic, one and he said. He declared that the people's rights had not been respected by Sihanouk, now an exile in Peking, "the dictator who was a hypocrite and an excellent dem- agogue." Lon Nol, Sirik Matak and Si- hanouk's successor as chief of state, Cheng Heng, walked to the square in front of the for- mer royal palace and there raised the flag of the republic. MONTREAL (CP) The fate of kidnapped British diplomat James Cross remained unknown today. Anxious authorities who granted one concession to the abductors Thursday night said no further word has been received today from the terrorist group behind the kidnapping. GOVERNMENT BOWS Before a Thursday midnight deadline was reached, govern- ment officials met a demand of the Front de Liberation du Quebec to have its "political manifesto" broadcast over the French-language radio and tele- vision networks of the CBC. A spokesman for Quebec Jus- tice Minister Jerome Choquette said today "there have been no further developments in the case." Mr. Choquette was keep- ing himself available at all limes for any contact from the FLQ. a terrorist group seeking an incepe: dent socialist Queijec. The only ''-ect word from the 49-year-old British trade com- -Jssioner -ince r.e was taken at gunpoint from his Montreal home early Monday came in a mailed hand-written note to his wife Tuesday. He said he was being well treated and was re- ceivLir medication for his high blood pressure. HANDWRITING CONFIRMED Contents of the note were made public Wednesday and a friend of the family confirmed it was in Mr. Cross's handwriting. But he said the note appar- ently was dictated by someone else since Mr. Cross, a student of English literature, would not have used some of the words. Meanwhile, there was grow- ing concern from some quarters about the attitude of .govern- ment officials toward ihe ran- som demands of the kidnappers. They have asked for the re- lease of a score of "political Quebec, those ter- rorists claim have, been imprisoned as a result of politi- cal persecution rather than a crime, and a plane to fly them to asylum in a foreign country. MENTIONED AS MEDIATOR Claude Ryan, publisher of the influential Montreal newspaper Le Devon', suggests in an edi- torial today that a "certain number" of jailed terrorists might be released for the sole purposi of saving the life of the British diplomat. Mr. Ryan, mentioned as a possible mediator between au- thorities and kidnappers before an FLQ communique Thursday rejected the idea, says careful arrangements would be neces- sary to bring about a safe ex- change of those in jail for Mr. Cross. Negotiations by exchange of published communiques would be unsatisfactory, he says. So far, demands by the kid- nappers and reaction, to them by authorities have been made known by published or broad- cast statements. Some crank calls have also filtered into the case. Police say a phone call to radio station CKLM early .today, extending the ransom deadline to midnight tonight, was a hoax. SEARCH LOCKERS And a telephone call to the same French-language station Thursday sent a squad of police on an unsuccessful search of lockers in CP Rail's downtown Windsor Station. In another development Thursday, The Gazette said police are looking for a Mon- treal taxi driver who allegedly plotted to kidnap the Israeli t-ade commissioner last March. The newspaper said the cabbie is a "prime suspect" in the Cross abduction. Railway Loses Case OTTAWA (CP) An appeal by Canadian Pacific Railway against the methods used by the Canadian transport commission in computing railway losses on uneconomic branch lines was rejected Thursday by the Su- preme Court of Cana'da. In a decision from the bench, the nine judges upheld the cost accounting system used by the government agency to deter- mine actual losses. Had CP Hail succeeded in its appeal, government subsidies paid to railways ordered by the commission to continue operat- ing uneconomic lines in the pub- lic interest would have in- creased substantially. Part-Time Employees Get Raise OTTAWA part-time postal employees have won a first contract with the federal treasury board prov- iding for immediate salary in- creases up to an hour and in retroactive pay to 1967, it was announced today. The Council of Postal Unions, which represents the employ- ees, said ratification of the con- tract to run until March, 1972, is expected in two or three weeks. A council spokesman said em- ployees covered in the contract helpers, mail handlers, letter carriers, couriers and be eligible for the retroactive pay if they have worked 10 days in each month from Aug. 1, 1967, to March 31, 1970 The immediate increase, and another scheduled for March 29, 1971, will put the rates at: Postal helpers to from mail handlers to from letter carriers to from S2.79; couriers to from and clerks to from Brandt Killing Of U.S. Air Pirate Ruled Necessary Action LONDON (CP) The killing of an American hijacker aboard an Israeli El Al airliner last montli was a "necessary prev- entive action" to save the plane and ils passengers, a cor- oner's jury ruled today. The jury returned a verdict of lawful homicide in the death of Patrick Joseph Arguello, 28, who died after being shot three times by an unidentified Israeli security guard Sept. 6. Arguello and female Arab guerrilla Leila Khalod tried to hijack the Israeli jetliner over the English Channel the same day three other wers hijacked by Palestinian terror- ists. Arguello, wounded and tied with siring and passengers' neckties was carried off the plane and died on the way to hospital. Miss Khaled was held in a London police station for If days and then was freed and flown to Egypt on an RAF plane Sept. 30. Arguello, .who was working for the Arab Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, fired seven shots inside the plane and dropped a live, hand the pin pulled out ho WM gunned down, the coroner's court was told. The grenade failed to explode but Arguello, firing from a mo- dified starter's pistol, hit an Is- raeli steward with two bullets in the abdomen, one below the left ear, one in the leg and one in the shoulder. The steward recovered and returned to Israel. In UK conn today to hear the verdict was his mother and older brother, Robert, a Califor- nia police official. Arguello had be.cn n resident of Nicaragua wilh connections with South American left-wing groups, but no obvious links with Arab guerrillas. BONN Three deputies defected to the. Christian Demo- cratic opposition today, cutting West German Chancellor Willy Brandt's slim parliamentary majority to six votes. The three dissidents had been leading members of Foreign Minister Walter Scheel's Free Democratic party, the liberal junior partner to Brandt's So- cial Democrats in the govern- ment coalition. The three were Erich Mende, former parly chairman and a deputy chancellor under the Christian Democrats; Siegfried Zoglmann and Heinz Starkc. Ail-Woimau Crew Off To Canada YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) Lee Quinn, a 43-year-old adven- turer from Los Gates, Calif., sailed today in lu's 48-foot yacht Neophyte Too for Vancouver with sn all-woman crew.