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Alberta forest fire forces evacuation of oilsands facilities

Cenovus Energy's Foster Creek plant in northeast Alberta. (Canadian Press/Cenovus )

Cenovus Energy’s Foster Creek plant in northeast Alberta. (Canadian Press/Cenovus )

Cenovus and CNRL shut down operations as precautionary move

CBC News, May 23, 2015

Cenovus Energy and Canadian Natural Resources Limited have evacuated their facilities within the Cold Lake Air Weapons range, close to Alberta’s eastern border, due to an out-of-control forest fire in the area.

“Yesterday, CNRL evacuated their plant facilities in the Primrose area and then, last night at 11 o’clock, we advised Cenovus in Foster Creek that it would be a good precautionary move to evacuate their personnel as well,” said  Leslie Lozinski, spokeswoman for the province’s environmental and resource ministry. Read the rest of this entry

Cracked earth oil spills in Alberta causing environmental concerns

Aerial view of oil spill near Cold Lake, Alberta.

Aerial view of oil spill near Cold Lake, Alberta.

By Rob Smith, APTN Investigates, Feb 14, 2014

At this time, five oil spills are ongoing at the Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) Primrose facility located near Cold Lake, Alberta.

To date, 1.5 million liters of bitumen has been mopped up from the surface. A small lake has been partially drained and it’s been reported that 200 animals, birds, amphibians, and mammals have perished. Read the rest of this entry