Shell tries new rules to block Greenpeace from Jackpine hearings

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EDMONTON - Shell Canada is using the federal government's new environmental assessment rules to try to bar Greenpeace from hearings on the company's proposed Jackpine oilsands mine.

In a letter to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Shell (TSX:SHC) lawyers argue that Greenpeace and two university professors don't have the right to appear under the new rules.

They say the rules, included in the last federal budget bill, limit presenters to those who are directly affected by a project or who have special expertise to offer.

Greenpeace campaigner Keith Stewart says his report outlines the impact Jackpine would have on Canada's climate policy.

Stewart says the panel needs to consider whether the project should go through at all — not just the conditions under which it would proceed.

He calls the letter an attempt to censor industry critics.

Organizations: Greenpeace, Shell Canada, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency TSX

Geographic location: Jackpine, EDMONTON, Canada

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