The plan of Shell Canada’s Jackpine oilsands mine expansion has been approved from Ottawa, despite the environment minister’s view that it’s “likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.”
In a statement publied Friday, Leona Aglukkaq who is the Environment Minister concluded that the effects from the 100.000 barrel per day expansion are “justified in the circumstances.”
Greenpeace speaks out against expansion
Greenpeace Canada issued a statement accusing the Harper government of putting the short term interests of oil companies ahead of environmental protection and First Nations treaty rights.
Review panel suggests compensation for ‘irreversible damage’
A review panel concluded last July that the project was in the public interest but warned that it would result in severe and irreversible damage so great that new protected areas should be created to compensate.