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Shell runs oil sands mine as protest enters day 2


Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:14am EDT

* Shell says oil sands mine operating at full production

* Offer to discuss concerns with Greenpeace “still stands”

CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) said on Wednesday its Muskeg River oil sands mine in northern Alberta was operating at full production as an environmental protest at the site entered its second day.

Shell said it has let the Greenpeace protesters continue their action, which is aimed at spreading the message that development of Canada’s oil sands worsens climate change. The demonstration coincides with Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper’s visit with U.S. President Barack Obama.

“Our offer to discuss their concerns about oil sands developments and their vision for the energy future still stands. Greenpeace has not yet responded,” the oil major said in a statement.

About 25 activists entered the mine on Tuesday and locked down a massive dump truck and mining shovel. The company temporarily suspended production at the 155,000 barrel a day site, but resumed operations late in the day.

The mine’s other owners are Chevron Corp (CVX.N) and Marathon Oil Corp (MRO.N), with 20 percent each. It is one of four major oil sands mining operations near Fort McMurray.

(Reporting by Jeffrey Jones; editing by Rob Wilson)

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