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40 years ago: KU has only 10 days of heating fuel, chancellor says

January 10, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 10, 1973:

  • Kansas University today reported that it had only enough fuel oil on hand to heat university buildings for 10 days now that gas service had been interrupted. Gas service had been stopped and fuel oil had been in use this week, and reports were circulating that due to a similar energy crisis, Kansas State University was in danger of shutting down temporarily. Harry Buchholz, director of the KU physical plant, said today that although more oil had been ordered, the university faced the possibility of having to curtail the supply of heat to buildings after the 10-day supply ran out, unless gas became available or unless more fuel oil was delivered. Chancellor Raymond Nichols had recently pointed to the problem of interruption in gas service, and the cost of oil, to counter Kansas Budget Director James Bibb's lack of recommendation for any increase in operating expenses for the physical plant. Nichols added that the university had already spent more than $7,000 for oil this winter and that they would have to spend more if the severe weather continued.
  • Gov. Robert Docking today asked 10 oil and fuel suppliers in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri whether there was any danger that they would not be able to supply the fuel oil which had been contracted for by state institutions. "My office is receiving ever-increasing concern in state institutions and elsewhere concerning shortage of fuel oil," Docking had written. "Please advise me immediately if you are able to supply all requirements of state agencies for fuel oil and if you anticipate this position to continue."
  • With area temperatures continuing to huddle around the zero mark, more power failures had been reported today in Eudora, DeSoto, Tonganoxie, McLouth, and Oskaloosa. As had been the case in Lawrence yesterday, the outage between Oskaloosa and McLouth had stemmed from a fallen transmission power line.


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