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Canadian agency deciding Shell’s offshore drilling includes ex-Shell official

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Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 14.29.46News of Tory-appointed official follows on Environment Minister granting Shell up to 21 days to stop underwater oil spills. In contrast the United States requires Shell to have capping equipment on-site in Alaska within 24 hours.

Martin Lukacs Tim GrovesThursday 27 August 2015 13.59 BST

The agency tasked with giving approval for Shell’s deep-water drilling off Canada’s east coast includes a Tory-appointed official who worked for Shell for decades, it has emerged.

A petition calling on the Board to refuse approval of Shell’s drilling plans has gathered more than 50,000 Canadian signatures.

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