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Shale rock gives Israel oil optimism

BBC: Prospectors in Israel say hundreds of feet below the ground lies shale rock that can be converted into billions of barrels of oil. But environmentalists say it's a disaster waiting to happen. "This is the distinct smell I'm talking about when I talk about oil shale." So says Texan oil man, Scott Nguyen, as he sniffs a handful of rock fragments - not back in Houston where he used to work for Shell - but in the lush Valley of Elah in central Israel, about 50lm (30 miles) from Jerusalem. Mr...