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THE
Summer Daily
'ol. LXXXIII, No. 25-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, June 13, 1973 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
Relocation of vt. sues
auto junkyard
faces trouble
By DAN BIDDLE
Good junkyards don't make good neighbors.
The city government has painfully proven that point in its recent
effort to deport one controversial junkyard to a "neighbor"-Pittsfield**
Township.
THE MOVE has stalled. City officials were convinced back in
April that the problem was solved. It isn't. City Council thought the
people of Pittsfield Township would be happy with their newly-
announced junkyard. They aren't.
At the heart of the issue is three quarters of an acre of metallic
junk up on Summit Street. Lansky's Salvage Yard as it is properly
known, has presented an uninviting panorama of fossilized auto-9
mobiles and a thorny problem for city officials since its construction
more than two decades ago.
On April 3, City Council approved a plan which would relocate
Lansky's to a Pittsfield Township site on Ellsworth Rd. next to the
airport, at a cost of about $48,000 for Lansky Brothers and an esti-
mated $170,000 for the city. The Summit Street site would be taken
over by a long-planned park and playground facility.
ACTING CITY Administrator George Owers told the council he r ut
had received "agreeable indications" on the move from the Pittsfield From AP and UPI dispatches reasonably restrains the sale of gasoline
Township Planning Commission. The new site, he explained, would and fuel oil, and that it may substantially
be buffered from the naked eye by landscaping. The Justice Departmnent yesterday lessen competition or tend to create a
But at a May 31 public meeting, Pittsfield residents protested flied an antitrust suit against Tex- monopoly by allowing Texaco to acquire
that their property values and their "community as a whole" would aco Inc. and an independent re- Coastal's assets and operations, the Jus-
suffer. finer claiming they entered into an tice Department said.
Owers says the Pittsfield board may not approve the relocation agreement to restrain the sale of
at their meeting next week. gasoline to independents. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in
AN ALTERNATIVE plan, Owers suggested Monday that the Texaco, described by the Justice Manhattan, where Texaco has corporate
city could simply lease the Ellsworth Rd. site outright to Lansky's Department as the nation's leading headquarters, alleges the agreement de-
since public bodies "aren't required by law to comply with other oil refiner and marketeer, was Drives Coastal States of the right to sell
public bodies' procedures." charged in conjunction with the refined products to others, cluding in-
But Pittsfield doesn't like that idea at all. dependents, and deprives Texaco com-
"We'd put them (Ann Arbor officials) in court till hell freezes Coastal States Gas Producing Co. petitors of the opportunity to buy sub-
of Corpus Christi, Textas.
over," says Pittsfield Township supervisor Bob Lillie. stantial amounts of those products from
OWERS SAYS no other sites are available, but adds, "It looks THE SUIT CLAIMS that an agreement Coastal States.
like we'll just have to make another intensive search." between Texaco and Coastal States un- The civil suit asks the court to dissolve
the agreement and to adjoin Texaco from
$ ,- -selling crude oil to anyone with the con-
dition that Texaco be given preference as
a customer for its refined petroleum
° wB products.
x' FORMER UNIVERSITY law Prof.
Thomas Kauper, assistant attorney gen-
eral in charge of the antitrust division,
said the number of refined product supply
sources available to independent dealers
f < ' has shown a marked decline. Kauper
said this was due to mergers and- acquisi-
tions in the industry.
The suit says the agreement has four
a+ provisions:
a4That Coastal States will sell refined
products from its Corpus Christi refinery
to Texaco in amounts increasing from
14,400 barrels a day this year to 106,000
barrels a day in 1976.
S0 That Coastal States will purchase
crude oil from Texaco at Texaco's option
in amounts increasing from 16,400 barrels
a day this year to 121,000 barrels a day in
1976.
*" That Texaco has an option to ex-
change foreign crude oil for domestic
'-a '. crude oil with Coastal States.

0fThat Texaco also has an option to
purchase Coastal States' refinery at Cor-
pus Christi, which has a crude oil capacity
::of 135,000 barrels a day.
The suit claims that a condition of the
agreement obtained by Texaco is Coastal
AP Photo States' separate agreement to sell sub-
*Cnstantial amounts of refined products to
e Cmbodian fon Texaco.
A Cambodian soldier plays with his daughter at an army encampment near Phnom Penh. Families of Cambodian government
troopers often accompany them into combat zones. While there has never been an official ceasefire in Cambodia, the Vietnam THE COMPLAINT SAYS that if Texaco
ceasefire incurred renewed controversy yesterday. In Paris Henry Kissinger and North Vietnam's Le Duc Tho have developed
a seind ctiestain ucia.setion..fth- --nuacqrires the Corpus Christi refinery a sub-

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the plan.

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