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Shell wants oil sands to go greener

Published by Steve Coleman on September 08, 2011

Shell hopes to convince the oil sands to convert to liquid natural gas.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it's working on plans to open a string of fuelling stations in Alberta pumping natural gas, in addition to regular fuels.

A Shell Flying J truck stop is expected to be the first to get the upgrade.

The decision to expand its retail products is part of a plan to build a new liquefied natural gas manufacturing plant near Calgary. The oil company also wants to work with truck, rail and marine engine makers to convince them to switch fuel sources to power their motors.

The company says the switch to natural gas will also reduce the amount of bad things coming out of tail pipes, compared to diesel engines.

A Globe & Mail story takes a more detailed look at the issue.

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