Further oil sands evacuations ordered in Alberta
09 June 2016
Two more Canadian oil sands producers have been forced to evacuate workers in the face of yet another wildfire breakout. Canadian Natural Resources Limited and Cenovus Energy have evacuated workers from projects in the Pelican lake area of northern Alberta. Both companies said there had been no damage to facilities but that the evacuations were ordered as a precaution.
Cenovus has evacuated all 18 workers from its Pelican Lake facility, while Canadian Natural Resources has relocated all non-essential personnel from its northern Pelican Lake camp to other camps in the area that it operates.
This comes at a time when operations had just begun to recover from a previous bout of wildfires in Fort McMurray—about 100 miles away—which forced 90,000 people to evacuate their homes and shut down oil sands output.