The Michigan Daily
Vol. XCII, No. 45-S
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, July 22, 1
WASHINGTON (AP)- After 16 mon- sitive tracts.
ths of controversy, Interior Secretary But Watt, in approving the plan, said
James Watt gave final approval the country's offshore leasing program
yesterday to a program that will open had an "excellent environmental and
virtually the entire U.S. coastline for oil safety record. New leasing will be
and gas drilling. carried out under rigorous environmen-
Under the plan, 1 billion acres will be tal controls to ensure that the record
offered for leasing in 41 sales to be held will continue and be enhanced."
from August of this year through June WATT SAID the plan was aimed at
1987. reversing the decline in energy produc-
Since Watt first proposed scrapping tion from offshore areas.
the old leasing plan prepared by the The program immediately drew fire
Carter administration, he has been un- from environmentalists and California
der attack from critics who charged officials.
that his plan was too ambitious and The Natural Resources Defense
would jeopardize environmentally Council said it planned to file suit
fragile coastal areas. against the program today in
DESPITE THE outcry, Watt refused Washington and officials in California
to back down from the major thrust of said they were also considering a suit.
his April 1981 proposal-making entire "THE PROGRAM still offers a billion
"planning areas" available for leasing. acres in a very short time. There is no
In the past, leases have covered about 2 way Secretary Watt can assure
million acres each, but a planning area adequate protection of the marine en-
covers about 133 million acres. vironment and coastal resources," said
Critics said such areas were too large Francis Beinecke, an attorney with the
to make proper assessments of the environmental group.
potential harm to marine life and would
result in leasing environmentally sen- See WATTPagea
Arti~st loses bi~d
Doily Photo by DOUG McMAHON
The Graceful Arch on E. University supplied the stage for the jazz sounds of
Tantra yesterday. The band appeared as part of the audio extravaganza
that will also appear today from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
to re-enter fair
By KRISTIN STAPLETON
A federal judge yesterday denied
local black artist Jon Lockard's bid to
be reinstated in this year's art fair,
ruling that the artist failed to link racial
discrimination to his exclusion from the
.Fifteenth U.S. District Court Judge
Charles Joiner said Lockard failed to
prove his claim that racial.
discrimination was involved in the Ann
Arbor Street Art Fair, Inc.'s decision to
reject his application to the fair.
THE JUDGE also dismissed an
argument that Lockard's 14th Amen-
dment right of due process was violated
by his exclusion.
Attorneys had argued that the Ann
Arbor Street Art Fair's refusal to
provide Lockard with a list of the jurors
on the selection committee and the
judging criteria used to reject him was
a violation of due process.
Although Joiner ruled that due
process had been complied with in the
judging procedure, he did say he per-
sonally feels the group is being
"somewhat less than completely fair"
by not cooperating with exhibitors'
requests for information.
He added, however, that there is no
legal reason to force the art fair group
to release their criteria or to make the
jury process more open.
RICHARD Brunvand, chairman of
the Ann Arhor Street Art Fair, Inc.,
said he was pleased with the decision.
Asked if he would consider the judge's
suggestion to open up the selection
process, Brunvand said, "I have every
intention of bringing that back to the
(art fair) board for discussion.
Lockard, who had exhibited in the
fair for 22 years prior to his exclusion,
said that in spite of the decision, the
hearing had served an important pur-
The hearing "brought an issue to the
public, and an educated public is a good
public," Lockard said.
MARK GOMBINER, one of
Lockard's attorneys, said "We believe
the Ann Arbor Art Fair, Inc. will con-
sider more seriously their standards
and why there are so few blacks in the
See JUDGE, Page 2
The Arts Page features a listing of entertainment avail-
able at today's Art Fair. In addition, a pair of comic
jugglers are featured on Page 3.
Polish ofijcials relax
martial law constrarni
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Gen.
Wojciech Jaruzelski announced the
release of 1,227 interned dissidents
yesterday, relaxed some martial law
regulations, and said military rule
might end this year if Poland remains
A spokesman for the Poland's ruling
military council said later that Lech
Walesa and other prominent leaders of
the suspended Solidarity union were not
among those ordered released.
Maj. Wieslaw Gornicki said those to
be released included 913 to be freed
outright and 314 placed on leave. in-
cluding all women interned. That left
637 in custody, he said.
THE REAGAN administration
refrained from passing judgment on
Poland's relaxation of martial law, but
it left open the possibility of lifting san-
ctions against the Warsaw government
pending a "common evaluation' among
partners in the Atlantic alliance.
Jaruzelski, premier and head of the
Communist party also said that
although the government would
welcome a visit by Pope John Paul II,
"proper conditions must be created.
See POLAND, Page 4