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News :: Environment
Stop Shell Oil
10 Jan 2013
Vote for Shell Oil as the Worst Company of 2012

Shell is opening up the ice-bound seas of the Alaskan Arctic. The company strip mines the boreal forest to access the Canadian tar sands. It operates the world’s deepest oil platform over a mile and half deep in the Gulf of Mexico. It haunts the Niger Delta. When it comes to controversial, risky and polluting forms of oil, Shell is always there.

The company sees the Alaskan Arctic as the next great oil frontier, saying it has «significant untapped potential and will play an increasingly important role in meeting the energy challenge in the future.» The company has confirmed it will return to drill further wells the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas in the coming years, saying «we’ll go back and repeat that operation in 2013, potentially 2014, until we really get a feel for how much hydrocarbons are in place». This is a case of leading the way to global and regional disaster. Tar sands, aka oil sands, refers to deposits of the hydrocarbon bitumen mixed with clay, sand and water, which can be processed to make synthetic crude oil. The largest deposits are found in Alberta, Canada, in an area the size of England. The environmental impact of the tar sands industry is staggering.

Nearly 29% of Shell’s reserves are in the Canadian tar sands. The company is the third largest operator in the tar sands, responsible for 8% of all Canadian tar sand production, and that proportion is set to grow with the Jackpine mine expansion project.These are astounding figures for a company that would have you believe it is an ally in the movement for sustainability, because the tar sands industry ranks among the most destructive forms of extraction on the planet.
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