Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 21, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
14 INI IITHMIOOI HIMID W.dndday, Octobir 31, Government Bills Company For Cleaning Up Alberta Oil Spill EDMONTON (CP) A bill has been sent to Great Cana- dian Oil Sands Ltd. to recover money the Alberta government spent in cleaning up an oil spill into the Athabasca River last June, Premier Harry Strom an- nounced here. This will leave UK govern- ment facing only the cost of printing a report prepared by an inter departmental coni- Russian Poet Gravely 111 MOSCOW (Renter) Poet Alexander Tvardovsky is gravely ill and. unconscious in hospital following a stroke, So- viet sources said today. Tvardovsky, 60, was the lead- ing champion of liberalism in the arts in the Soviet Union until he resigned as editor of the literary journal Novy Mir (New World) in February after his closest supportere were re- moved from the editorial board. Reliable sources said he was suffering from lung cancer. mittM which Investigated the the company had actively pur- spill. The report, released Monday, put the government's cost in cleaning up the spill at with spent by the depart- ment of lands and forests. "Some of these costs include work closely allied with the cleanup the com- mittee said. "However, the largest percentage is directly associated with the supervisory and control work carried out by the provincial government." Mr. Strom said Great Cana- dian acted quickly and spared no cost to control and clean up the pipeline break. Since then sued: technical procedures to ensure a similar accident didn't occur again and had attempted a survey to determine how much permanent damage oc- curred. 'PAPER TIGER' Grant Notley, the New Demo- cratic party leader in Alberta, today described the report as "a paper tiger." In a prepared statement, Mr. Notley said the report, pre- pared by an inter department- al commmittee, was set up to sidetrack widespread demand for a public inquiry. It generally recommends vol- untary policing by the Industry rather than firm measure! of public control. 615 Sold CRANBROOK (SpeciaD- Most recent of the season's bi- weekly auctions of Cranbrook Sales Point for Community Auction Sales sold a total of 615 calves at a total price of 867. Animals were up to 500 pounds and a select few went at a hundredweight, with a more general price of for top animals. The report recommends that oil and pipeline companies should consider establishing a program that would result in prompt action on clean-up and control of oil spills. It stressed the need for early detection of oil spills and pipeline develop- ment that would eliminate them. Mr. Notley said a full-fledged public inquiry could have in- vestigated the spill and brought in a report that would have been taken seriously by all Al- bertans, something the inter- department committee report does not do. Noting the report was ready Aug. 12, the NDP said the government's decision to delay releasing it for almost two months is an example of slippery politics. "Had this report, which Is little more than a whitewash of the government's position, been released last August when the public was concerned about massive evidence of corporate neglect in the field of pollution control, the report and its spon- sors would have been laughed out of the province. "The government may have shewn some political prudence by delaying publication of the report until the heat WM olt, but In doing so it broke faith with a commitment made to the people of Alberta to have a full and complete investigation." Mr. Notley said the report recommends that the company responsible for the spill pay for equipment and materials neces- sary to control it but does not say whether Great Canadian OU Sands Ltd, has reimbursed the provincial and federal gov- ernments who helped in the Athabasca River clean-up. 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