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Similar oil shale projects have been halted

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Submitted by Rachel Jacobson (Israel), Jun 29, 2011 at 03:03

While it's true that in situ retort is relatively less polluting than open-pit mining, the dangers to people and the environment are many.

For this reason, in situ oil shale projects have been halted by the government in Western countries -- including France and the United States -- as being too dangerous.

IEI and Dr. Vinegar are attempting to take advantage of Israel's lax environmental protection legislation, especially the Petroleum Law of 1952, to test their experimental technology. Dr. Vinegar has indicated this on several occasions.

The many issues regarding this project are worthy of much deeper examination; we should not be taking IEI's word that they are here to benefit Israel with their petro-Zionism. Their goal is to test their technology and make money.

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