Jackpine mine expansion in public interest, Shell tells review panel

EDMONTON – Shell Canada came out swinging at critics of its proposed $12-billion Jackpine oilsands mine expansion, which calls for diversion of the Muskeg River and construction of a new lake to compensate for loss of fish habitat.

The project, 100 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, would bring in $17 billion in taxes and royalties over its lifespan and create 750 permanent jobs, Shell lawyer Shaun Denstedt said in final arguments to the joint review panel, consisting of Alberta Energy Resource Conservation Board and federal officials.

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