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Oil Sands Boom Swamps Canadian Wilderness

Posted by mhudema on July 24, 2008

Oil sands boom swamps the Canadian wilderness
Environmentalists want tougher laws to halt the damage, writes Tim Webb
Tim Webb
Sunday July 20 2008
The Observer

Todd Dahlman scoops up a handful of oily sand and smiles. ‘This is the money
– it even smells like money,’ says the manager of Shell’s Muskeg River oil
sands mine in the Athabasca region of North Alberta in Canada.

We are standing in the middle of a pit 50m deep that giant diggers have
hollowed out of the earth. Some 150m beneath our feet lie almost a billion
barrels of oil.

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