$: ,, all right ty irrepressible. “* 7 merica’s greatest folk song writer was also a great merican writer. He proved it in his autobiography, BOUND FOR GLORY \(about SEEDS OF MAN, his last prose work. Poetic, humorous, and …stirring, it captures the rugged grandeur of the Big Bend country. It tells of two pasSionate love affairs, and Woody’s just-as-passionate involvement with the border country’s migratory workers. Above all, SEEDS OF MAN brims over with the same zest for life Q0dy Guthrie expressed in his great songs. $11.95 at-tiidakstores The Kirk us Reviews Button supertankers is much exaggerated. The maximum savings obtainable from a supertanker amounts to 1.2 cents per gallon of gasoline, she contends, and she believes the savings would likely be gobbled up as oil company profit. However, she believes a superport carefully regulated and safely constructed, as well as more safely built supertankers, would be a manageable risk. In effect, if Texas does in fact open the gates to the monster ships, then Texans interested in protecting their environment should bring greater pressure to bear upon the Coast Guard and other regulators for stringent enforcement of safety regulations. Seadock Inc. is owned by Cities Service, Continental Pipeline, Crown-Seadock Petroleum, Dow Chemical, Exxon Pipeline, Gulf Oil, Mobil Oil, Phillips Investment, and Shell Oil. A formidable group to do battle with. The joint corporate owners won one battle two years ago when they defeated a Texas Offshore Terminal Commission proposal for a state-financed superport. The state-created TOTC proposed a plan very similar to Seadock’s, except the TOTC proposal called for state financing rather than private ownership. But with political heavyweights like Governor Briscoe on Seadock’s side, the Legislature declined to institute the TOTC proposal, and the way appeared clear for Seadock to proceed. After clearing that hurdle, Seadock faced another challenge, this time from Galveston. Galveston port officials proposed their deep harbor. Under the federal legislation for processing superport plans, Galveston formally requested that the secretary of transportation consider Galveston’s plan as an alternative to Seadock’s application. In case you missed the bureaucratic term for the whole thing, it’s called “comparative determination.” The plan to service huge dry cargo ships is essential to Galveston’s future. But, he notes, the oil terminal would be the only way to make the new bulk docks financially feasible. “I can’t think of any single answer that would give Galveston better security for the future than deep water,” Devoy has said. Devoy points to the inherent safety protection of public ownership as an advantage to his proposal. But the project bears the burden of numerous other environmental problems. The Galveston onshore superport “approaches the magnitude of the Panama Canal,” according to environmental geologist David Smith, hired by Seadock to help shoot down the Galveston project. Dredging has often been under fire from environmental groups because of its effects upon marine life, shorelines, and fishing nurseries. Disposition of the tons of mud scooped up in the operation also concerns environmentalists, who believe valuable wetlands \(where shrimp and other marine seafloors will be covered with dredging spoil. Smith told a hearing that biologists would insist the dredged mud be dumped beyond the continental shelf. This is a far greater distance, and more costly work, than Galveston planners predict. Galveston port officials put the dredging pricetag in the neighborhood of $280-300 million, while Seadock and TOTC estimates would have placed the figure at $650 million or higher, about the same cost as the offshore facility. Classified advertising is 20 per word. 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