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Greenpeace Activists Occupy Shell Site in Canada

By Scott Hamilton

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) — Greenpeace activists occupied three stacks at Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Scotford site in Canada to protest against the extraction of oil sands.

Nineteen activists from Canada, France, Brazil and Australia scaled an upgrader that Shell is building on the site to convert oil sands into fuel, Greenpeace said in a statement. Two protesters have been detained, Greenpeace said.

The Scotford Upgrader processes crude bitumen from oil sands mined in the region into a range of synthetic crude oils. It’s located next to Shell’s Canadian Scotford Refinery near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.

Shell said it is working with the Canadian police and that government authorities are being notified.

“Due to the weekend timing, no construction is currently taking place,” the company said in a statement. “We reiterate our wish that Greenpeace and all others who have concerns with our activities would talk to us face to face instead of using confrontational and unsafe tactics.”

Production at the refinery and upgrader are not affected, Shell said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Scott Hamilton in London at [email protected]

Last Updated: October 3, 2009 11:59 EDT

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