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8 #» u .) .p y u p i p I DAILY TRIBUNE-EXAMINER Friday, December 28,1973 Dfllon, Montana P a g es Simon o r d e r s cut in h o m e h e a tin g oil WASHINGTON (AP) - Energy chief William E. Simon ordered during the night a six- degree cut in oil-fired home heating and put service stations last in line for gasoline, starting Jan. 15. Differing fundamentally from previous appeals, Simon’s order to lower thermostats now placed a direct legal obligation on the householder or property- owner to comply. If he doesn’t, he will run out of oil. Commercial buildings heated with oil must drop their ther­ mostats 10 degrees. The tem­ perature reductions must be made below the thermostat set­ tings used in the corresponding month of 1972. Buildings heated with gas, electricity or coal are not in­ cluded in this order. The Federal Energy Office said it was making Jan. 15 “the implementation date for all provisions”—regardless of var­ ying dates of legal effective­ ness—because of substantial re­ visions that made it “imprac­ tical to expect instantaneous compliance.” The administration has had mandatory allocation programs in effect for propane since last Oct. 2 and for middle distillate oils, including home heating oil and diesel fuel, since Nov. 1. But they are relatively crude systems, assigning priorities to certain classes of users, but without the detailed quantities, percentages, and thermostat reductions imposed by the new regulations. Rules for gasoline, butane gas, home heating oil and diesel fuel take effect Jan. 11, replacing existing programs in effect until then. The other regulations are now effective and all of them arts to be fully applied beginning Jan. 15. The official regulations in­ cluded many revisions since they were proposed last Dec. 12, but the gasoline allocation system was virtually un­ changed. It assigned top priority to es­ sential services purchasing gasoline in bulk, second priority to other businesses purchasing in bulk and the leftovers to all others including the service stations. The regulations left unspeci­ fied just how much gasoline would be made available, but rem a rks by Simon earlier Thursday appeared to*Indicate that the previously-proposed re­ duction in gasoline production to a level 5 per cent tower than in 1972 probably would be adopted. While the original proposal spelled that out, the version fi­ nally adopted left it up to Si­ mon’s Federal Energy Office to set the reduction and revise it quarterly, Simon told newsmen Thurs­ day gasoline allocations must be cut some 900,000 barrels per day — the amount which was the basis for the original pro- pas al. Other key provisions of the new regulations included: —Adoption of earlier propos­ als for allocating home heating oil, diesel fuel and other ‘‘middle distillates,” requiring heating reductions of 6 degrees in homes and 10 degrees in other buildings. —Revised rules for the heavy fuel oil called “residual,” re­ quiring the 6-and 10-degree heating reductions instead of previously-proposed per­ centage fuel reductions, and adding safeguards on fuel cutbacks to electric utilities to avoid power blackouts. Revised rules for aviation fuel, assigning major airlines 95 Questions? Give us a call. We’re ready to listen. When you have questions about Land Bank loans, we have the answers. Right now, not next week. You can get together with us quickly because We're local, full-time. And extending long term credit for agricultural expansion or Improvement is our only job. We’re eager to help you with credit at lowest possible cost. Plus prepayment privilege and many other impor­ tant benefits. Give us a call, or stop in. FEDERAL LAND BANK ASSOCIATIONS^: 'Bbslmao. •• ' 40 North Bowman FtHXrtWMUl , Dttkni State Bank Building Phone 683-55811 A , LA' M)BA i\J K , L. Li/. ' l W per cent of the fuel they used in 1972 instead of 86 per cent as previously proposed. Regional airlines and air taxis will get all of their 1972 fuel supplies in­ stead of only 90 per cent. —Rules to assure that pet­ rochemical plants will get all the raw material they need. —And completely revised rules for propane and butane gas, replacing a complex prior­ ity system with a simpler three- stage distribution: first to petrochemical and synthetic rubber production; then to “traditional” markets for liquid petroleum gas including indus­ trial fuel; and finally, if any is left, to gasoline blending. In gasoline allocations, top priority is assigned to bulk pur­ chasers engaged in energy pro­ duction, agriculture, public transportation and emergency services, to receive all they need. Energy producers and public transportation are to receive all the “middle distillate” oils they need — primarily diesel fuel. Emergency services are to get as much as they got in the cor­ responding month of 1972. Users of light heating oils are to get enough to maintain tem­ peratures at the required 6-and 10-degree reductions. Once the needs of those users are served, agriculture, in­ dustry, freight and mail-hauling are to get up to 10 per cent more middle distillate oil than in 1972 and others would get as much as in 1972. The Defense Department, previously assigned fuel to meet “100 per cent of its current requirements,” lost that guarantee in the final regu­ lations which promise only that allocations to Defense “will be based on” current require­ ments, subject to preside!tial review. The regulations also added a new provision permitting refi­ ners and importers to divert up to 5 per cent of the available fuel from one state or region to another to ease unpredictable imbalances, without prior ap­ proval from the Federal Energy Office. Earlier Thursday, Simon or­ dered creation of a standby system for rationing gasoline, including the printing of a three- month supply of ration coupons, but h e: postponed for at least six weeks the decision whether to impose rationing. In other energy related devel­ opments: —The Canadian export tax on crude oil may take a big jump, according to Energy Minister Donald Macdonald. In an an­ nouncement in Ottawa, Macdo­ nald said because of price hikes by Arab nations and Venezuela the Canadian export tax could more than triple by Feb. 1. The United States imports about a million barrels of oil a day from Canada. —Aides to President Nixon say the President feels his trip aboard a scheduled commercial plane Wednesday was a success as a symbolic gesture during the energy crisis. A spokesman said Nixon wanted to make the gesture while he is urging Americans to conserve fuel. It was the first trip by an in­ cumbent President aboard a regularly scheduled com­ mercial flight. —In TerryviUe, Conn., a serv­ ice station operator had found a way to beat the traffic jams which form at stations with gasoline lately. Warren Wheel­ er has customers call ahead and make appointments to get gas. F u e l d e a l e r s e x p r e s s a n g e r a t p a p e r w o r k MISSOULA (AP) — Whole­ sale fuel dealers in western Montana counties expressed anger and frustration Thursday night over federal fuel-alloca­ tion rules and were told by a state official to prepare for a heavy load of paperwork. C.L. Gilbertson, Helena, whose office handles the alloca­ tion program at the state level, acknowledged at the meeting that federal regulations have changed, making it difficult for dealers to know what to expect. He pledged to send out as much information as possinle about the new rules, which allo­ cate petroleum products by cat­ egories. “Who was the dumb SOB that wrote all these rules? ” one man called from the audience. Said another: “How in the name of God are they going to enforce this?” Gilbertson said the rules will require fuel purchasers to noti­ fy their wholesale suppliers of their base-period purchases by category or priority prior to the 15th of each month, probably beginning in April. Bill Noonan of Western Mon­ tana Co-op Oil Co. said after the meeting that he believes it will be physically impossible to abide by the rules. “Imagine having our 2,500 customers run­ ning in to fill out these forms every month. We will have to put two more people in the of­ fice,” he said. Gilbertson advised the deal­ ers to get started on the job of bringing customers’ records up to date. “Those who are pre­ pared are going to get the diesel fuel and gas, and those who aren’t, will not,” he said. About 50 dealers and county officials attended the session. SEASONAL ART WORK—at the Western Montana College campus decorates the Lucy Carson Library where spacious picture windows lend themselves to exquisite scenes based on the holiday theme. Student artists included Sue Seyler of Twin Bridges, Char Lensing of Denton, Mary Bramlette of Lima, Sue Seeyle of Kalispell, Valerie Hansen of Dillon and Beck Jo Thompson of Ennis. Although the campus is deserted by students during the Christmas break, the art work has been appreciated by staff members working through the season. (Charles Stauffer Photo) Judge drafting legislative proposal Kissinger outl Soviet mid-East ines policy WASHINGTON (AP) - Sec­ retary of State Henry A. Kissin­ ger says the Soviet Union ap­ pears to be ready to contribute to stability in the Middle East after years of inflaming the Arabs against the United States. At a news conference Thurs­ day he signaled U.S. willingness to work with Moscow for peace in the region and said that with Israel, Egypt and Jordan “now talking from a common base” there is a good possibility of progress toward a settlement. Kissinger credited the Soviets with contributing to a positive atmosphere at the Geneva peace conference. And, he noted, Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko met with Abba Eban, the Israeli foreign minis­ ter. “So as of now, judging the Soviet Union by its actions, we are willing to cooperate. Should Soviet behavior change, we can always re-examine our policy,” Kissinger said. At the same time, the secre­ tary said the United States will make no deal at the expense of traditional friends, an obvious reference to Israel. He also said the United States would not impose a settlement made together with the Soviet Union. Kissinger described the Middle East as a test of Soviet intentions and of the U.S. policy of detente toward Moscow. “It is obvious that it is not possible for a country to ex­ acerbate tensions in one area and to seek relaxation in anoth­ er,” he said. \Therefore obviously, we would have to judge the Soviet sincerity in seeking across-the- board relaxation of tensions by its behavior in all the negotia­ tions in which we are engaged with it, including that of the Middle East.” In another area, Europe, Kis­ singer said the United States stands by its offer to work out a new relationship to common problems with its allies. But, he said, it is up to the Europeans, and Japan as well, to choose whether to cooperate or to “consume themselves in the sort of rivalry that has de­ stroyed other civilizations.” On other matters he said: —Nuclear technology, par­ ticularly in the Soviet Union, is accelerating at a rate that threatens the capacity to con­ trol it. But, the United States hopes to reach agreement in 1974 with the Soviet Union on limiting sophisticated weapons. —Now that the United States is the principal country engaged in the search for a Middle East settlement the Arab oil em­ bargo is “increasingly inap­ propriate.” —The United States will keep pressing for closer relations with the Soviet Union and mainland China in the belief “we are on a course which is in the interest of all of mankind and which is essential for the tong term prospects of peace.” —In seeking a Middle East settlement the United States is “at the very beginning of what will be a slow and agonizing ef­ fort.” But the peace conference is well launched and there is hope of progress in the current disengagement talks between Egypt and Israel. HELENA (AP) - The office of Gov. Thomas L. Judge is drafting a legislative proposal aimed at relieving state agencies from standing the cost of preparing environmental im­ pact statements. Steve Brown, the governor’s legal aide, said the proposal would protect agencies which are unprepared to finance the studies needed to write such statement. A case in point, Brown sajd, was the Health Department’s problem in not having enough money to prepare an impact statement on plans by the Hoemer Waldorf Corp. to ex­ pand its pulp mill near Mis­ soula. He said the proposed law would allow the state to set ud fee schedules to offset the costs. The fees would not be re­ fundable. Such a system already is in effect regarding state studies required to determine if the state should grant permits for mining and construction con­ nected with the development of the state’s coal reserves. For example, a combine of Pacific Northwest electrical power firms put up a nonrefiin- dable fee of $1.2 million earlier this year to finance the state’s cost of determining if the state should allow construction of a generating complex near Colst- rip. Butte school board bans travel by staff Document disclosure promised by Laird tergate-related charges in­ volving Nixon had come to a halt. “The decision has been made to release material dealing with the ITT and milk fund cases, and I know of no decision to rescind that,” Laird said. Laird said a briefing with the Republican leaders had been scheduled for last week but that the press of business in the adjournment-bound Congress prevented it. Laird, who emphasized he was speaking for himself, said he was concerned about any broad release of White House documents and particularly tapes or summaries of them, in view of the recent incident when a White House tape was played at a cocktail party. He said he would advise that Nixon and his aides give great thought before agreeing to any wholesale release of such infor­ mation. Earlier, sources said the White House has decided not to release summaries and tran­ scripts of key presidential con­ versations because of the Sen­ ate Watergate committee’s ef­ fort to gain broad access to presidential files. FREEZ0NE IS FOR CORNS THAT HURT. Why foot iround with painful eorm, when FrMiono tin help you nmovt them. Try It. You'll no . In Just diyi, tho corn will pi | om .,.U m hurt will bo |om. Piln- iMily. No dinitroui cuttlnf. No ugly pMi or plnton. Drop on Freazont- ukt off com. . niiom / CDlUtlMIOCMlUUa WASHINGTON (AP) - White House aide Melvin Laird said today the White House is plan­ ning to release documents deal­ ing with President Nixon’s role in the ITT antitrust case and political contributions by milk producers. Laird said the documents are ready, and disclosure is await­ ing only a briefing with Re­ publican congressional leaders. Laird was asked at a news conference whether the admin­ istration’s effort to answer Wa- BUTTE (AP) — Kenneth Ol­ sen, superintendent of Butte’s School Dist. No. 1, says a school board policy banning travel by administrators and teachers will shut the school system out of state decisionmaking processes. The school board adopted a policy last week banning travel by all district personnel. Stu­ dents, however, may travel for sports events, speech tourna­ ments and the like. The ban was adopted to con­ serve gasoline. In a letter to the board, Olsen said the school district will suf­ fer if the travel ban is not lifted. “It effectively isolates the district from any serious role in the formulation of state policies influencing education,” Olsen wrote. He said that because of the policy, an elementary school principal in Butte had to refuse to serve on a state panel to de­ velop a handbook on the oper­ ation of kindergartens. The policy, Olsen said, would force members of the school district’s vocational staff to re­ sign from subcommittees of the state’s Post-Secondary Educa­ tion Commission. Olsen’s letter said a meeting of key school districts is sched­ uled in Helena Jan. 3 on pro­ posed legislation that would af­ fect the budgeting powers of school districts. The letter suggested that the school board look into other methods of conserving energy. Olsen said there is a possibility of extending the length of the school day and reducing the number of days in session, thereby saving gasoline, heat­ ing fuel and electricity. He noted, however, that this would require authority from the state. “On the question of travel, I request the board either remove the present constraint as soon as possible, preferably before the next regularly scheduled meeting, or declare that it will be. and is, the official posture of the Butte public schools to with­ draw from any and every educational activity, whicn require any member of the dis­ trict to cross the borders of Sil­ ver Bow County,” he wrote. During the meeting at which the policy was adopted, Olsen said the travel ban was like “chopping off a head when a haircut was needed.” In 19th century ^Sicily, the challenge to a knife fight was a formal bite on the ear! O ld N o r t h C h u r c h c e l e b r a t e s 250 th BOSTON (AP) - Historic Old North Church will celebrate the 250th anniversary of its first service Sunday. 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