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London Evening Standard: City Spy column

Published: Oct 24, 2006

SHELL’S DECISION to increase its exposure to Canada’s oil-sands deposits is unlikely to meet with the approval of those who have long been critical of the oil giant’s environmental record.

As well as strip-mining the deposits, extracting crude from the oil shale is so energy-intensive that natural-gas-powered refineries have traditionally been needed as part of the process. However, the price of gas is also rising, so the latest plan somewhat incredibly envisages building nuclear power plants in the Alberta wilderness to provide the power to help extract the oil.

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