Oil Sands: Using Nuclear Power to Extract Oil?

New York Times – After several years of speculation, the Alberta government last month released a long-awaited “expert’s report” on nuclear power and the oil sands and has now embarked on a series of province-wide public consultations. The move comes on the heels of a decision last month by Bruce Power, a private firm that operates a publicly-owned nuclear station in western Ontario, to seek approval to build a $10 billion nuclear station at a site known as Whitemud, about 310 miles northwest of Edmonton. Bruce Power hopes to begin an environmental assessment next year. Its proposal calls for two to four 1,000-megawatt reactors, with three vendors – Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Westinghouse and AREVA – competing to supply the equipment.

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