Review panel to study Shell's plan in Alberta for expanding Athabasca Oil Sands Project's Jackpine mine by 100,000 barrels/day to 300,000 barrels/day; Shell also proposes new mine nearby that would produce 200,000 barrels/day

LOS ANGELES , September 20, 2011 () – A three-member panel has been named by officials of Alberta and Canada to study a proposed expansion of Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s Jackpine mine in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project, reported Reuters on Sept. 20.

Shell proposes expanding the mine, which is 70 kilometers (44 miles) north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, by 100,000 barrels per day, to 300,000 barrels/day. The Athabasca project now produces 255,000 barrels/day.

The joint review panel will study the proposal’s environmental impact and consider ways to reduce any adverse affects. It will also take into account opinions collected from the public and aboriginal people that will be gathered during the assessment process.

Shell also is proposing a new 200,000 barrels/day mine, called Pierre River, which is close to the Jackpine mine, Reuters reported.

The primary source of this article is Reuters, London, England, on Sept. 20, 2011.

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