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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 30, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta ____ Wcdncsdciy, Soplombor 30, 1970 THE LETHBRIDGE HtRALD Japanese Sales Breathe New Life Into Sagging Coal Industry OTTAWA (CP) The parly ended tor Canada's coal industry a dozen years ago, but the Cinderella of the fuels is going to marry the prince after all. The prince is rich, Japanese, makes sleel and his desire for Weslern Canadian coal seems unbounded. He lias piqued the inleresl of olher suilors, notably Ihc steelmakers and eleclric power generators of Ontario. The change of fortune is being celebrated Ihis week in Vancouver al the 22nd Conference on Coal, joinlly organized by the Coal Operators' Association of Canada and the federal department ot energy, mines and resources. It is a sign of the transformation in coal's fortunes that whereas the firsl 20 ccal conferences never attracted more than 100 delegates, last al Calgary drew 230 ant this year's attendance of miners, buyers, government officials and union men is expected to Icp 300. Delegates were to concentrate today and Thursday on how potential aggravations in health hazards, Iransporl problems, mine safely, manageniol and shortages. A report on Ihe outlook for Ihe 1970s by Lawrence P. Chrismas of the mineral resources branch in Ollawa forecast lhat coal exports, jumping lo aboul five million tons Ihis year from 1.5 million last year, would surpass 14 million Ions by 1975. Film delivery conlracls lor ISO million Ions, valued at billion, lo 1985 are being expanded in cm-rent export talks wiUi Japanese buyers. Domestic demand is projected to rise by 1975 to 34 million Ions from 27 million now. Assuming Ontario steel mills and power plants will be able to maintain the present annual import rate of about 16 million tons of U.S. coal, Canadian production requirements in 1975 would be about 33 million tons, triple last year's oulput. Mr. Chrismas says those just-published projections have already bee" overt a ken by cv.snls. New supply contracts being with Japanese buyers indicate export demand will exceed 20 million tons in five years. That would require minimum production of 40 million Ions a more than twice the record Canadian coal outout of tons back in the party days of 1942. Demand could easily grow faster if current test shipments of weslern coal lo Ontario pan out. Steel Co. of Canada in Hamilton is taking tons of coal on an experimental basis from the Kaiser Resources Lid. slrip mines of eastern British Columbia. Ontario Hydro similarly is trying out tons of Saskatchewan's soft lignite coal al thermal electric plants in Northern Onlario. In both cases, transportation costs have been Ihc main problem. Bui a shuttle service by unit on the pattern of those that shift coal from the Rockies 700 miles lo Roberts Bank south of Vancouver for export to prove economical. Experiments also are under way in' British Columbia to see whether coal .could be mov.ed by pipeline. The bituminous coal from Alberla and Brilish Columbia has at least one advantage over U.S. imports used now by Ontario. Its sulphur content, a pollutant both in steel and Ihe atmosphere, is less than hah" that of the U.S. ccal from the Appalachians. And 'current demand pressure for coal in Ihe Uniled Slat.es has pushed up prices there. Another federal report, compiled by Mr. Chrismas and Bernard L a I o u r, Calgary-based gcologisl with the geological survey cf Canada, and published earlier this month, indicates plentiful reserves of coal in Alberta and British Columbia. HAVE 10 BILLION TONS In the first coal resources survey based on confidential data from mining companies, the report estimates measured resources in Western Canada 10 billion tons. Thai is 10 limes 1'ie quality of coal mined in Canada since coal mining began in Ihe lasl cenlury. The survey estimates all measured, indicated and inferred reserves of coal in Western al almost 120 million tons. "Considering the vast amount of unexplored land in Ihe mountain belt of Alberta, il is likely that the resource's of this area will be increased il.cy only about seven per cent of tctal reserves are estimated lo be recoverable by relatively cheap surface-mining in e t h o d s, and perhaps only about half the underground bituminous deposits could IKS dug out 1 present methods, the technology of coal mining is developing almost. as fast as current demand for the fuel. The Leduc oil strike of 1947 in Alberta coincided with the peak year of coal mining activity in that province. The development of oil and gas proved ominous for coal. By 1958, the railways had been almost silcliud to dicstl fuel from coal, lint Unit .same year, an experimental shipment of ton.s of Western Canadian bituminous ccal to Japan's sleel mills led o the cuiTCiiL boom atmosphere. Rages In Villages CALCUTTA (AP) A cholera epidemic is raging in 10 villages of the Biharsharif district of eastern India's Bihar state, about 300 miles northwesl of Calculla, official sources said here. They said Ihe disease had already killed 43 persons and more lhan 50 are in Puslu Use On ProbJ WASHINGTON (AP) Two witnesses told Congress today some school officials have harassed and put pressure on parents for permission to give drugs to problem children. They leslified before a House of Representatives subcommittee looking into the use of amphetamine drugs lo treat over-active children as many as of them in the United Slates by the estimate of one federal mental heallh official The drugs are medically accepted in tile U.S. in treating a child's nerve disorder known as hyperaclivity or minimal brain dysfunction. However, subcommittee chairman Cornelius E. Gallagher (Dem. N.J.) said in prepared opening remarks he wanted to find if drugs arc being used to quiet normal children who appear fidgety because they are bored. Theodore Johnson, a U.S. Veteran's Administration chemist from Omaha, Neb., said in his prepared testimony Ihal -par-jnls there had been coerced For Drug iem Children techniques including threats that, their children would be expelled unless they agreed lo drugs, lie said officials would refer parents to doctors who would make the desired prescription. Mrs. Daniel Youngs of Indianapolis saitl she and her husband left Little Rock, Ark., in 19GG after a three-year "nightmare." Officials put pressure on them to permit their two grade-school school children to be given drugs in an experimental program run by Ihe University of Arkansas Medical Centre, she said in her prepared statement. Mrs. Youngs said school officials, not doctors, diagnosed her son and daughter as having learning disabilities and pleaded with them repeatedly to submit them Lo drug Lreatement. The c o u p 1 e 's home was watched, she said, and both children were given extra work. The family left two weeks before the end cf the school year after officials threatened to go to court for permission to use drugs on the children, she MAXDATUHY TKL AVIV (Kcuters) -Starling .Monday, every passenger going through Lod Intcnifi-liomil Airpcrl will have to m -dergo a body search. Specia rooms have been built for the searches, requested by international airline-s .stationed in Israe. after the spate of hijackings earlier this monlh. MEMBERS THESE ARE THE FACTS! Jack Moore as IWA Regional President advocated appearing before Ihe Mediation Commission. Quif as Coasl Negolialing Commillee Chairman during a most crucial stage. Takes aclions lhat are contrary lo ihe majority decision. Meets secrelly ond privately with company and government representatives. His actions continue to cause disunity in ihe IWA. For additional information and financial con Iribul ions lo the "Elect Jack MacKenzie write lo Box 5524, Slal-ion F, Vancouver 1 2, B.C. This ad paid for by supporlers of Jack MacKenzie for IWA Regiona WEEKEND SPECIAL HOOVER STAINLESS STEEL ELECTRIC FRY PAN Accurals 'Sensor' hcot contr-' Deep-dish styling Completely Immersible Regular Price 40.95. A SPECIAL or model 8600 APPLIANCE SERVICES LTD. 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