Clipped From El Paso Herald-Post
FA*> HERAUMQfT. F* 1, 1MI Th/**Upper Colorado River Project Seen As 'Mud Puddle 1 by California Solon Predict! Undfftdtf WDI Ruin : Rt*trvoir IptvM to fte H«raW-r*»< WASHINGTON, Feb. «-Gi, tn Uc landslide* were pictured ai pot- »ibly devastating the $421 million Glen Canyon Dam and reservoir, key tuit of the proposed inulti- billion dollar Upper Colorado Rtver Project, by Representative Craig Hosner, California Republi&n to- Fifty miles of the immense walto of the lougt, narrow reservoir site are comprised of rock so soft that it swells to nearly twice its size anddisintegrates when touched by water, Hosmer declared. The reservior would extend 18S miles alonf tht Colorado River and 70 miles along the San Juan River. The soft rock-i-known as "Chinle shale" — forms immense cliffs in numerous areas that would be covered by water impounded by the proposed 700-foot high Glen Canyon Dam. The dam, known as the "cash register" of the Upper Colorado Project now before Congress, was designed to produce power revenues to pay off some 30 other units of the project that cannot pay for themselves. '' Hosmer stated.that he had been advised by independent geologists that the reservoir's water would swiftly disintegrate the C h i n 1 e shale, and it would /low downslope into the reservoir. More importantly, it would,undermine and cause collapse of all overlying cliff-forming rocks, Hosmer said. All of the broken debris, the Cong r e t s m a n explained, including blocks of sandstone as big as houses, would move downslope: and partially or completely fill the proposed reservoir in the extensive areas of Chinle shale. "If this, is permitted to happen," said Hosmer, "the finances of the entire Upper Colorado River Project would collapse with it. "Tht Nation's taxpayers would bejeft'with a billion dollar mud puddle. "Congress should withhold any consideration of the legislation pending a full and complete geological survey and report of the site." Califorman Errs, Says Colorado Demo • Ber*U-P«t Washinclnn Biren WASHINGTON, Feb. 6. - Representative Wayne Aspinall, Colorado Democrat, today accused Representative Craig Hosmer, California Republican, of "using any old stick to beat the dog" in Hosmer's charfe that the Glen Canyon Dam REPRESENTATIVE CRAIG HOSMER, California Republican, at left, pours water on rock from walls of Glen Canyon dam site. Five minutes later, right, the rock disintegrated.' might become a "$1 billion mud puddle." The Lower California Republican returned to the fray against the Upper Colorado Project. The project has been stripped of its Echo Park Dam component to please Hosmer and other opponents such as Representative John Saylor, Pennsylvania Republican. But now .Hosmer says that the Glen Canyon. Dam has to be cut out. This would virtually complete the destruction of the Administration- jacked program for developing the Upper Colorado River for the benefit of .the-upper basin states. Opposed by Callfornians, Replying to Hosmer, Aspinall said, "here we. have a southern Caiifornian whose area is reaping millions of dollars a year from :he present use of waters heretofore-allocated for the use of the upper basin states. "Southern Californians are using my weapons that come to hand to Vreck the upper basin develop-' ment. "This latest charge (that Glen Canyon Dam might become a mud puddle) is just any old stick to beat a dog, as far as I can see." A Casual Hiker' Aspinall said "I don't think,we have to take the opinion of casual hikers. The Bureau of Reclamation, which has immense prestige in engineering' matters, says that the Glen Canyon 'Dam is practical. "They have studied the rock formations and they say they will hold the dam and the weight of water. Actually, we've known all about these rock formation. There are two kinds Hosmer is talking about, v 'One is a kind of a Shale, the other is more a 1 sandstone or sand. They are the upper layer of the triassic formation and they occur mostly in this one area. Their be havior was taken into consideration in the engineering of the Glen Canyon Dam." Symphonette Plans Valley Concert The Tri-State Accordion Sym- phonette will give a concert at the Fort Hancock Methodist Church tomorrow at 7 p. m. The members of the Symphonette Missiles Department. are accordion, Mary Lou Gomez- Leon, Alma Brandstrom, Mary John Jackson; percussion, Lynn Hamilton; soprano soloist, Mrs. J. P. Rose. Karl E. Johnson is the director. Bliss Battery Aids In Decorating Barracks Notice of a routine re-location was used by Ft. Bliss Headquarters Battery 4054 as an opportunity for battery personnel to share in the completion of their new barracks. The Unit Fund Council decided|| to sponsor a dayroom designing contest among the battery's 1100 men, many of whom hold scientific and professional ratings, several months before the scheduled completion of the buildings. Winner of the J25 first <prize Pfc. Donald L. Schoell, publication and training aids section, a practicing architect in civlian life. An other member of the P-TA Section, Pfc. William Wilson, received second prize of $15. $10 third prize was awarded to Pfc. pmer Taylor, a Nike instructor in the Guided "We felt that if we could get the men to participate, . the result Ann Place, Virginia Walker and would be some practicable ideas and a sense of personal pride in their new quarters;" said' Capt. Calvin W. pates, unit executive officer.