Winnipeg Free Press

April 25, 1977

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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - April 25, 1977, Winnipeg, Manitoba TODAY Miller predicts tough campaign 3 Kiev group hassled 6 lief lectures 8 Israel reburies Cairo spies 7 Canadian composers sound off 20 WEEKEND SCORES NHL Boston Philadelphia 3 (first game serrv- WHA -Winnipeg 7 s.-jn Oieno 3 {Winnipeg best-of-seven auarter-tinal 4-3) SATURDAY NHL Montreal 4 NY Islanders 3 first game best-of-seven semi- WHA Quebec 3 Indianapolis 1 (first aatne best-of-seven semi- tinal) National League Sunday Result! Pittsburgh ers and 200 wives and children would leave by comt ercial flights. Thi government ordered the U.S. to close the U.S. Infor- matiti to Iceland May 6 en route Tne Western summit May 7 and 8 and a NATO ministerial meeting May 10 and 11. Trudeau is to dine at the Elysee Palace, following a three-day official visit to France by Claude Morin, Quebec's intergovernmental affairs minister. Morjn's visit is being pre- ceded by federal health min- ister Marc Lalonde. In Paris, observers said the visits are indications- France wants to maintain a solid relationship with Cana- da. SCHREYER Talks private Schreyer to serve full term By BRIAN COLE Premier Schreyer of Mani- toba said Sunday he will serve a full term if his gov- ernment is returned to office in the next provincial elec- tion. He has had informal dis- cussions with federal govern- ment representatives about a high level en- ergy job, however. "There have been discus- he said, referring to recent reports that federal officials are trying to lure him into the Liberal cabinet, "but not about joining the cabinet." Asked to elaborate on the federal job, Schreyer said he wasn't about to reveal "pri- vate conversations." See NOT page 4 More power for Macdonell? OTTAWA (CP) Commons debate begins today on a bill that would give the auditor-general specific power to judge whether taxpayers are getting their money's worth on government spending programs. The current auditor-general, J. J. Macdonell, is the most controversial accountant in the country because his job is to report to Parliament on all of the government's financial activities. Auditors-general have traditionally exposed waste and inefficiency in government spending but Macdonell and his predecessor. Maxwell Henderson, have complained that current law does not give them specific power to judge whether spending programs are worth the cost. The proposed Liberal government bill includes some reforms suggested two years ago by a three-member com- mittee of private accountants. It recommended that the auditor-general be given the power to determine whether "value for money" is being obtained. Treasury Board President Robert Andras says the bill was drafted "in close consultation with the auditor-gen- eral, out of the glare of media attention and of politi- cal controversy." He said that with the exception of minor points, the bill has "received unqualified endorsement of the auditor-general." Progressive Conservative, New Democratic Party and Social Credit MPs will likely use the opportunity to criti- cize government spending regarded by Macdonell in his last annual report as "virtually out of control." 'Invisible Indian9 has good image KENORA. Ont. (CP) Mayor Udo Romstedt wants to know why the news media never talk about the invisible Indian only about the drunken Indian. "The invisible Indian is the one who works here or who comes to town, does his shopping, goes about his business and you never no- tice Romstedt said. "There are about 50 of him for every one you see drunk." The mayor said he is fed up with "outsiders coming in here to show us our social problems but nobody coming with a solution. "Money alone won't do it. Yet, they come in here, make big speeches, drop S100.000 See INDIANS' page 4 Fuel fouls North Sea Runaway oil well to get cap STAY ANGER, Norway (AP) U.S. experts say it may take up to three days, depending on the weather, to complete capping a runaway well spewing millions of gallons of crude oil into the North Sea. The attempt was to begin today. A spokesman far the Phillips Petroleum Co., which operates the weii 180 miles off the Norwegian coast, said a barge crane would lower a capping device over the open pipe which blew out Friday night. Two of oil well firefighter Red Adair's men, Boots Hansen and Richard Hattenberg, were put aboard the oil-covered drilling rig atop the well Sunday. They reported the leak was on the rig itself and that the underwater portion of the well was undamaged. It was hoped that the flow could be stopped with a device called a Christmas tree, a multi-valve cap that is put aboard new wells to stop the oil flow until production plans are decided. A spokesman for Phillips estimated the capping operation would take one to three days, depending on the weather. The blowout has created a 12-mile oil slick drifting back and forth in the area. The slick was estimated at two to five miles wide. Major cleanup begins Anti-pollution boats were to begin a major cleanup ef- fort today. "If the good weather holds, we hope to remove quite a lot of oil from the said Hans Bugge, chief of the Norwegian cleanup operation. Officials said some of the oil was beginning to dissi- pate. The well created a 180-foot geyser and was flowing at an estimated gallons an hour, more than twice the speed normal for North Sea wells, after the pipe burst Friday night. A Phillips spokesman said the flow was reduced when Hansen and Hattenberg shut off undersea valves left open when the rig's 112 crew members were evacuated. Other drilling operations were shut down in the Eko- fisk oil field because of fire danger from the drifting slick. British officials said the blowout threatened mack- erel-breeding grounds and might ruin an important source of British food. There is a serious risk the oil will "end up on our said British Energy Secretary Tnny Benn, who flew over the area Sunday. The rig is about 200 miles east of Dundee, Scotland, and the British govern- ment said plans were being made to deal with possible pollution of the Scottish coast. Phillips spokesman Sto Lerdal estimated 1.7 million to 2.2 million gallons had spilled from the well by Sun- day. The largest oil spill on record is the 29 million gal- lons which poured from the supertanker Torrey Canyon off southeast England Js May 1067. A Phillips official said the spill occurred as were trying to install a blowout-prevention device aiop one of the 15 pipes on the rig. He explained the men stopped the flow of oil and gas by pumping a slug down the well. The plug apparently was forced out by unexpected high pressure within the well. "The oil flow inci cased in intensity, the blowout pre- venter wasn't secured and oil began to flow too Lusty said. "At that point, they had to shut down the rest of the platform and escape." 100 Foreign capitals scratching heads over Carter Zy THOMAS FENTON Associated Press Writer Evti as he approaches 100 days i "ffice. President Carter is stil.' a for many people arouml the world, a political odd- ity wi hout a label, an object of both p ;aise and alarm. A survey by Associated Press correspon- dents ibroad showed Carter has evoke? controversy with his sup- port fi. r human rights, his han- dling Df arms limitation talks with ine Soviet Union and his comm tment to stop the spread of nu !ear major issues of his administration, which wil: be 100 days old next F-rida The ritish, traditional allies, hailed artor's appeal for human rights ai criticized the U.S. ad- ministration's handling of the arms control talks in Moscow and for its refusal to pressure the Port Authority of New York to give landing rights to the British- French Concorde supersonic jet- liner. President Valery Giscard d'Estaing of France has said the barring of Concorde from New York would have "polit- ical but the French in general have praised Carter on his human rights stand. Some cautioned it might have pitfalls, however. "Waving the flag of liberty to attack the Soviet regime, Jimmy Carter rfcks exacerbat- ing hostile feelings with the Kremlin leaders." said the news- paper Le Matin de Paris. The Lisbon newspaper A Capi- tal said Carter "has managed to: exasperate the Soviet Union, ir- ritate Argentina and Brazil, in- spire dissident Russians and alarm disarmament cam- paigners." But Prof. Yoshimitsu Ide of Tsukuba University in Japan maintained that Carter was only bringing back "an American tra- dition since the founding of the republic" when he linked human rights to U.S. foreign policy. "It is only natural to think- that Carter's diplomacy of human rights is dangerous enough to invite the antagonism of the nations concerned because it is 'naive and interventionis- Ide wrote in the newspaper Yomiuri. "This is true especially at the present time when there are many who think Carteris ruralistic. religious and moralis- tic and cannot understand the complex framework of the pre- sent world." The newspaper Dong-a Ilbo of South Korea, where an authoritar- ian government is headed by a former army general, commented in an editorial: "We fully under- stand the ideals President Carter is seeking. But we also know that it often occurs that ideals cannot always be applied to reality." After the Soviet Union rejected the Carter proposals for arms limitations, the newspaper Tages-Anzeiber of Switzerland wrote: "Seldom has the big- power prestige of the Sovet Union been challenged in a more amateurish way." One Moscow resident said, "Carter is the cowboy in the White House. He is not a diplo- mat. He has not been in Wash- ington. This shows what hap- pens when a man who has been a peanut farmer tries to be presi- dent of the United States." Soviet leaders have watched Carter warily. They avoided di- rect criticism during the early days of his administration, but on March 31 Foreign Minister An- drei Gromyko told a news confer- ence that "everything said about human rights by the United States hurts the political atmosphere for discussions of other issues, including arms lim- itations." Most positive statements from the Soviet Union about Carter have come from dissidents. "He is a man of courage who is willing to say what he believes said one. One conservative newspaper in Sweden, Norrbottens-Kuriren, said Carter's stance on human rights "is completely unambi- guous and is re-establishing the United States as a moral world leader." Swedish Foreign Minister Karin Soder said in an interview that Carter had provided "many good openings for discussion of human rights, an issue that is bound to become ever more important in international forums henceforth." See FOREIGN page 4 ;