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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, September 26, 1973 LETHBRIOGE HERALD It's hard to keep up with oil upheaval By !MVE BLAIKIE OTTAWA (CP) Swift and dramatic changes in federal oil policy, often announced without much warning, have caused uncertainty in the national petroleum industry and have raised questions that affect all Canadians. Brought on by a worldwide oil shortage, rapidly rising prices and unstable foreign markets, the upheaval has come faster than either government or industry would like Symptomatic of the situa- tion was the National Energy Board decision recently to postpone the start ot oil export hearings for two months to allow more time for preparing briefs and arguments. "Nobody can keep up with it." a board spokesman ex- plained. The hearings will help the board determine how much oil Canada can afford to export in light of fast-changing world circumstances URGED BY COMPANIES The delay was requested by interested groups in response to recent federal an- nouncements, including: five-month voluntary oil price freeze requested Sept 4 by Prime Minister Trudeau. of a 40-cents-a- barrel export tax on crude oil exports. abandonment of the 1961 national oil policy that divides Canada into two energy markets, separated by the Ottawa Valley Line. Areas east of the line are served by imported oil and areas west by oil from western Canada. The concern of the govern- ment has been protection of supplies in eastern Canada which depends on crude oil from Venezuela and the politi- cally-turbulent Middle East, Saivadore Fnsella, 84, who spent almost 50 years in a Louisiana mental institution after being arrested in a French Quarter murder, gams broadly as he hugs his 98-year-old brother Marion (left) following a court hearing The state said Saivadore would not be prosec- uted in the case and he was freed China leader may appear By JOHN BURNS Special to The Herald PEKING Expectation is growing here that Chairman Mao Tse-tung may make his first public appearance in 29 months at a fireworks display in Peking's Square of Heaven- ly Peace on the evening of Oct 1 National Day More than one Chinese offi- cial has hinted that the 79- Chinese leader may choose the 24th anniversary of the founding of the republic as the occasion ior his first public appearance since the May Day celebration in 1971, when he emerged bnetlv to watch a fireworks display Another clue strongly suggestion of a Mao appear- ance is the stai t workers have made this week on repainting the Gate of Heavenly Peace overlooking the square From the scaffolding around it, the gate appears to be getting the kind of thorough facelift it received before the chair- man's appearances atop it in the past Until 1971. the gate served as the reviewing stand for the annual National Day parade There have been no rehearsals for a parade so far this year, but plans for a fireworks dis- plav are suggested bv an arti- cle that was published earlier this week m the October issue of the pictorial magazine China reconstructs OLD TRADITION 'Fireworks on festive occa- sions are an old tradition in China." the article begins Bursting into night skies, some of todav s fireworks look like birds, sparks from a steel furnace, waves of golden grain or gaudv peacocks The rest of the article takes the form of a report on the fireworks factories in Liuyang in Chairman Mao's native piovmce of Human Tnere is no mention of the chairman or of National Day but three photographs accorri- panying the piece show fireworks bursting over the Square of Heavenly Peace during the 1971 Mav Dav cele- bration Though China reconstructs is not a partv publication and is printed in foreign languages and not in Chinese, its articles aie closel> read by diplomats in Peking as a guide to new currents in Chinese life The balance of opinion is that the publication of the fireworks article less than two weeks before National Day was no coincidence and was written to piovide background for a major display An evening of fireworks would provide a perfect sotting for the chairman to nidke Ins reappearance Until the displays were cancelled