At 8 am, Tuesday, Sept. 15, the day before Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama met to discuss environmental matters, Greenpeace activists invaded Shell Canada's Muskeg River oil sands mine north of Fort McMurray, AB. Mining was temporarily halted and no one was injured. Greenpeace refused Shell's offers to discuss their concerns, and the protesters left on Wednesday afternoon.
The protest raised fears in some quarters that the oil sands mines are vulnerable to future invasions or terrorist attacks.
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Last week: We asked CMJ readers whether they thought the gold price will be sustained above the US$1,000/oz level through the end of this year. Almost two out of three were optimistic; 65% believed the price will remain strong. But there were 35% who believe the current high price will retreat.