Oil sands nuclear question

13 April 2007

Canada's House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources has recommended that no decision should be made on using nuclear power to help extract oil from the country's tar sands until the consequences of the process are known and understood.

Those in favour of using nuclear power say the technology is well placed to provide the steam and electrical power needed for extraction from Alberta's oil sands but others think gasification coupled with carbon dioxide capture and storage would be more competitive.

The issue of what to do with the resultant radioactive waste was also a factor the committee considered.

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