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4.V- Thura.. Aug. 23. 1979 SHHEVF.POHT-BQSHKH CITY The Times 1 WF' Rig where accident occurred (AP laserphoto) . . near Intracoastal City Derrick collapse kills 1; 4 hurt INTRACOASTAL CITY (UPI) A derrick on a Gulf of Mexico drilling rig collapsed and crushed the crew's living quarters Wednesday, killing one man and injuring four others. All 28 aboard the rig were accounted for. Private oilpatch helicopters operated by Petroleum Helicopters Inc. airlifted the victims to Lafayette General Hospital. "We were running casing in the hole. It started down, then we heard the derrick pop," said the crane operator, Richard Martin, 26, of Natchez. Miss. "I looked up and the derrick was coming down out the feed door. It come on down through there, and went through the sleeping quarters of the roustabouts and the crew. "I've never seen anything like it." The cause of the collapse was unknown. The Coast Guard and Circle Bar Drilling Co. of Belle Chasse, which owned the rig, said they would conduct separate investigations. The body of the dead man was pinned under debris on the mobile rig. Circle Bar refused to identify him. Those taken to Lafayette General Hospital were Pete Cummings, 24, of Houston, who was treated and released; Donald Stewart, 23, of Hous ton, who was in surgery; and Raymond Mercer. 32, of Natchez, Miss., in fair condition. Mercer was Martin's brother-in-law. Don Dilley, a spokesman for Circle Bar, said three of those injured were employed by International Hammer Co., of Houma, a subcontractor on the rig. A fourth, employed by Circle Bar, suffered minor injuries, Dilley said. The rig, located in Vermilion Block 31 five miles due south of Intracoastal City, was under contract to Texaco, Inc. The rig was not evacuated and it remained in operation. Clements' aides check shore By GREG THOMPSON CORPUS CHRISTI. Texas (AP) Aides to Gov. Bill Clements walked the oil-stained Texas shore Wednesday and discussed whether to ask for federal disaster relief, two weeks after Clements said that publicity about oil from a runaway ocean well was "much to do about nothing." Under questioning from accompanying reporters, aide Allen Clark and press secretary Jon Ford defended Clements, saying he made his remark before oil had washed ashore. "At that point, very little damage had been done to the beaches and the environment. In those same conversations, he pointed out that it could become a lot more serious," Clark said. Clements who founded SEDCO, thel Dallas firm that leased drilling equipment to the Mexican well which created history's worst oil spill also went on public television last week and said the oil spill was a "Chicken Little" situation. In the four days after the TV appearance, nearly 50 miles of glistening white sand on South Padre Island were blackened by the crude oil, damaging the tourist industry in a peak vacation time, if (SJIrttfiite? two statements have incensed resort owners, fishermen and other coastal residents threatened by the oil. Ford also repeated Clements' denial of reports that the Ixtoc I drilling rig lacked equipment to prevent blowouts. "It was fully equipped. He's been answering that question in every press conference for the past month," Ford said. Scientists said Wednesday that beaches were immediately threatened by only two floating patches of oil, but huge concentrations of oil remained stalled south of Texas because of calm weather this week. Clark strongly indicated that Clements would ask President Carter for a disaster declaration but said final determination has not been made. Such a declaration would allow coastal residents suffering documented economic loss from the oil spill to obtain low interest federal loans. Carter commented on the oil spill Wednesday, telling a questioner at a town meeting in Burlington, Iowa, that the United States cannot compel Mexico to pay for the beach clean-up in Texas. Carter, who is vacationing on a boat trip down the Mississippi River, said no treaty exists which would govern such a situation. Coast Guard strategy for fighting the oil is to sacrifice the easy-to-clean beaches on the protective barrier islands such as Padre and protect the inlets of delicate bays and lagoons. "We still have been successful in keeping the oil out of the Laguna Madre," said Coast Guard Capt. Roger Madson. The 100-mile-long Laguna Madre behind Padre Island is one of the most important areas, providing breeding grounds for shrimp. Protective equipment also has been moved 100 miles up the coast from Corpus Christi to be staged near the difficult, two-mile-wide Cavallo Pass into Matagorda Bay in anticipation of a second oil assault. tJ.S. accord for OPEC hikes reported LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. government agreed in advance to billion-dollar price increases by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, a federal court was told Wednesday. Dr. Morris A. Adelman, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economics professor, said an agreement in 1960 allowed multinational oil companies to pass along OPEC price increases to American consumers with Washington's blessing. "The OPEC nations' price raising through tax increase and output restrictions was approved by the United States government," Adelman said in a written report submitted to the court. l"In i960, when OPEC came into existence, a consent decree between the U.S. Department of Justice and a group of multinational oil companies explicity permitted the latter to fix prices, divide markets and limit output and imports into the United States, if so directed by national governments or by a 'supra-national' body," Adelman 's report said. There was no immediate response from the Justice Department and Adelman was not available to elaborate on his testimony. His comments came during the third day of testimony in a unique antitrust suit filed against the oil cartel. U.S. District Judge A. Andrew Hauk appointed Adelman as an expert witness to assist him in the case. The suit, filed last December by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, claims the oil exporting countries violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by fixing prices for their crude. It contends that the OPEC nations are subject to U.S. laws because they do business in this country a legal interpretation Hauk has not yet accepted. Hauk, who has previously expressed doubts about his jurisdiction in the case, seemed even more reluctant to continue after hearing Adelman's testimony. "It's a strong indication to this court that I shouldn't be sticking my judicial nose into the federal government or the Carter administration because if I do, I'll have it clipped off," Hauk said. Hauk said he had asked former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell why the government had not entered Republicans entered in 24 legislative races By DAN EVEN BATON ROUGE (AP) - Republicans will have candidates in 24 legislative races when voters go to the polls on Oct. 27 to elect the 1980 Legislature. The official list of legislative candidates released this week by the Secretary of State's office shows that 22 legislators won re-election without opposition. All 39 seats in the Senate and 105 in the House are up for election this year. It appears some races particularly where there is no incumbent will be thrown into runoff races Dec. 8. Republicans are looking to gain seats in both chambers, particulary if Rep. David Treen, R-La., makes a strong showing in the first primary. He has been the leader in most polls on the governor's race. The 1979 Legislature had nine Republicans one in the Senate and eight in the House. Of the nine, all are seeking re-election except Rep. A. J. "Bubby" McNamara of Metairie, who is retiring. "I think we've got a chance to go up to about 20 seats," said state GOP Chairman George Despot of Shreveport. "The quality of the people who are running for office from our party is outstanding.. .I'm surprised myself." One House race drew three Republicans and two others a pair of Republicans. Despot said the GOP doesn't have candidates in all the races because "there just are some district in the state where there is little opportunity for a Republican to get elected." Sen. Tony Guarisco of Morgan City, the Senate's maverick liberal, and Sen. Hank Braden III of New Orleans, who won his seat by 14 votes in a special election in 1978, won reelection without opposition. In the House, 20 veteran legislators were unopposed. Included in the group are Reps. Manny Fernandez of Chalmette, who pushed through an environmental reorganization bill last session, Republican B.F. O'Neal of Shreveport, Bruce Bolin of Minden, who won his seat in a special election last year, and V.J. Bella of Berwick, chariman of a special committee looking into charges of mismanagement Ln the state's group insurance program. In the Senate, 33 filed for reelection, and 16 face a single opponent. One senator is retiring Jackson B. Davis of Shreveport and five others are running for other offices, including Edgar "Sonny" Mouton, one of the nine candidates for governor. On the House side, 86 representative are seeking re-election counting the 20 unopposed. The remainder are either retiring or seeking another office, including House Speaker E.L. "Bubba" Henry, a candidate for governor, and five members who are running for Senate seats. Drawing the most opponents in the Senate were the seats held by Sen. Bill Dykes of Montpelier, Gaston Gerald of Greenwell Springs and the one given up by Sen. Jesse Knowles of Lake Charles. There are six candidates in each of those races. In the House, the seat vacated by Lanny Johnson of St. Joseph, a candidate for the Senate, has drawn 10 candidates including six from Winnsboro. The district is made up of Tensas, Franklin and parts of Richland parishes. The official list of candidates also showed: Six candidates three in the House races and three in Senate listed no party affiliation. It cost $200 to file for a Senate seat and $150 for a House seat. Two members of the same family Hugh E. Humphrey Jr. and Hugh E. Humphrey III are running for the same House seek. They are in a seven-way scrap for the seat given up by Rep. Sam LeBlanc of Gretna, who was apppointed to the State Mineral Board. Jake DiMaggio, millionaire New Orleans businessman who help promote the Muhammad Ali-Leon Spinks fight in the Superdome, is running for the Senate, while his son, Mark, is seeking a House seat. Mary Landrieu, 23-year-old daughter of former New Orleans mayor Moon Landrieu, is one of four candidates opposing incumbent Clyde Bel in a section of New Orleans. . David Ernest Duke, grand wizard of the Ku Klus Klan, is one of three filed to run against Sen. Joe Tiemann in Jefferson Parish. As a student at LSU four years ago, Duke ran unsuccessfully for Senate, losing to Sen. Ken Osterbereer. Carter vows plenty of fuel (Continued from Page One) that is part of the Coast Guard flotilla accompanying the Delta Queen during the presidential vacation. On Thursday, the president will visit Hannibal, Mo., hometown of Mark Twain, whose writings made the Mississippi River sternwheeler part of America's heritage. Carter told his audience the welcome he has received from people along the riverbanks has restored his spirits. "I've been re-inspired ... as I've seen and met and walked among the crowds," he said. The people of this town supported Carter in 1976 even though the state Adams to become law firm partner WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Transportation Secretary Brock Adams will become a partner in the law firm of Honger, Garvey & Schubert, starting about Sept. 15, the firm said Wednesday. The former Carter administration Cabinet officer was a lawyer with a Seattle law firm before he ran for Congress. Houger, Garvey & Schubert specializes in international law, but it also is involved in general commercial law. The law firm has offices here and in Seattle, the city represented by Adams in Congress for 12 years before President Carter named him to head the Transportation Department in 1977. Buoy to monitor oil spill course the case and was told President Carter had forbidden it. went Republican, but they had some tough questions for him. In his replies, the president: Said he could do nothing to compel Mexico to pay the cost of cleaning up the pollution on Texas beaches. The pollution results from a blown Mexican offshore oil well, the biggest oil spill in history. Carter said no treaty yet exists to force those responsible for paying cleanup costs. Defended his decision to admit 220,000 Vietnamese "boat people" to America. "Let me remind you that we are a nation of immigrants, we are a nation of refugees," the president said. Ducked the question when asked why nuclear power plants were constructed near farm fields where they could contaminate crops in the event of an accident. Carter said, "It would be a very serious blow to our country to close down all the nuclear plants." Atomic power is "inevitable," he said. Defending his policy on refugees, Carter asked: "How many people here have ancestors that were native Americans?" "I see two or three hands," he said. He said this about the Vietnamese: "They, are entrepreneurs. They work hard. They are more philosophically attuned to us than they are to the communist regime." He said the United States has accepted about 220,000 Indochinese refugees only about one for every 1,000 Americans. He urged his audience to keep America "the land of the free and the home of the brave." Carter's promise to farmers and commercial fishermen, too that they would be given first priority on diesel fuel supplies this fall and next spring could bring complaints from the nation's truckers. Last summer, many truckers parked their rigs and staged strikes because of short diesel supplies and rising prices. As a result of the truckers' protests, the government made more diesel available to them. By then, crops were in and farmers' needs were reduced. Carter was asked straight out if he would give fuel for farmers top priority. "Yes," he said. "The production of food in our country is a top priority." "There will be an adequate supply of fuel for the farmer," he declared. He said farmers' increasing productivity has helped hold down the rate of inflation and provided exports that aid the nation's balance of payments. "Thank you, farmers, from the bottom of my heart," he said. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland flew to Burlington to be with Carter and said the president had a good chance of carrying Iowa and other farm states in 1980. "The crops are probably the best in history and prices are very good," he said. "Jimmy Carter's farm program is working. I think all the signs are 'go' as nearly as I can tell." Carter did not explain exactly what he was endorsing in backing efforts in Congress to stimulate the on-farm production of alcohol for gasohol. "I would like to announce it to you," he said. "... My administration would like to support this move." Farm state interests have pushed for gasohol production in hopes of creating a new market for grain crops. The Agriculture Department has said it supports gasohol production, but favors making it from waste products what is left over after cotton is ginned, for example rather than from grains grown just for that purpose. . i asKea rum wny uiey naan t iuea f a unena ot court) brief on this, Hauk said. "He told me that 'we (the Justice Department) wanted to, and so did the Treasury Department, but the President didn't want us to.'" Hauk then told attorneys representing the union they should ask the administration about its role in OPEC price increases. "The IAM ought to go to the federal government," he said. "They're the ones who are encouraging OPEC." Bundy has new lawyers TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (UP) - Convicted killer Theodore Bundy, who claimed the lawyers he was provided for his murder trial were incompetent, will have new representation Monday when a motion for a new trial is heard. Circuit Judge Edward Cowart Tuesday named Clifford Davis of Tallahassee and Brian Hayes of Monticello to handle the pleadings for the 32-year-old former law student who a month ago was sentenced to die for the slayings of two Florida State University coeds. l.Bundy requested new attorneys several weeks ago, saying the Leon County public defenders who handled his month-long trial in Miami failed to represent him properly i Bundy is now on death row at Florida State Prison. He faces another murder trial on Nov. 5 on charges he kidnapped and killed a 12-year-old Lake City schoolgirl YW FR ON FREE 12" BLACK & WHITE PORTABLE WHEN YOU RENT A GENUINE CURTIS MATHES CONSOLE OR HOME ENTERTAINMENT CENTER. CALL FOR DETAILS. mis turus iviaines consolers.; or nome erueridinmeni center in pecan finish features 100 solid state with automatic fine tuning and ITT. Your rent will apply to ownership. 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