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Jun 2, 2015

CNRL says output at evacuated Alberta oil sands sites yet to resume

CALGARY, Alberta, June 2 (Reuters) – The threat of wildfires
to oil sands projects in northeastern Alberta eased on Tuesday
as two companies forced to evacuate staff from the region began
checking equipment abandoned for more than a week, though
production has not yet resumed.

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd said on Tuesday its
staff are making safety checks at its Primrose and Kirby South
oil sands projects in northeastern Alberta after they were
evacuated when wildfires drew too close to the facilities.

Jun 2, 2015

CNRL, Cenovus return to oil sands sites, fires still burn

CALGARY, Alberta, June 1 (Reuters) – Firefighters made
progress battling wildfires in northern Alberta on Monday that
have shut in 10 percent of total oil sands production, and
workers began returning to some sites to assess damage.

For more than a week, 233,000 barrels per day of oil sands
crude production has been taken off line after companies with
facilities close to uncontrolled wildfires rushed to evacuate
staff. The Western Canadian province of Alberta is the major
source of U.S. oil imports.

Jun 1, 2015

CNRL inspecting evacuated oil sands site, fires still burn

CALGARY, Alberta, June 1 (Reuters) – Firefighters made
progress tackling wildfires in the key oil-producing region of
northern Alberta on Monday that shut in 10 percent of total oil
sands production and workers are beginning to return to assess
the damage.

For more than a week, 233,000 barrels per day of oil sands
crude has been shut in after companies with facilities close to
uncontrolled wildfires rushed to evacuate staff. The Western
Canadian province of Alberta is the major source of U.S. oil
imports.

Jun 1, 2015

Alberta wildfires retreat slowly, 10 percent of oil sands crude shut in

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Firefighters made progress tackling wildfires in the key oil-producing region of northern Alberta on Monday, although a number of oil sands projects stayed shut down, keeping around 10 percent of total oil sands production offline.

For more than a week 233,000 barrels per day of oil sands crude has been shut in after companies with facilities close to uncontrolled wildfires rushed to evacuate staff. The Western Canadian province of Alberta is the major source of U.S. oil imports.

May 28, 2015

Alberta wildfires burn for 6th day, 10 pct of oil sands crude offline

CALGARY, Alberta, May 28 (Reuters) – Firefighters battled
wildfires in northern Alberta, Canada’s biggest crude-producing
region, for a sixth day on Thursday, with two blazes near oil
sands facilities still out of control.

The wildfires have forced producers in the Western Canadian
province, the largest source of U.S. crude imports, to shut in
233,000 barrels per day of crude production, around 10 percent
of total oil sands output.

May 27, 2015

Canada wildfires rage on, intensify near oil sands sites

CALGARY, Alberta, May 27 (Reuters) – A wildfire raging in
northeastern Alberta near two major oil sands projects nearly
doubled in size to 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres) on Wednesday,
although firefighters made some progress tackling blazes
elsewhere in the oil-rich Western Canadian province.

The fires have forced energy companies operating in Alberta,
the largest source of U.S. oil imports, to shut in 233,000
barrels per day of production, or roughly 10 percent of total
oil sands output.

May 27, 2015

Alberta wildfires rage on, intensify near oil sands sites

CALGARY, Alberta, May 27 (Reuters) – A wildfire raging in
northeastern Alberta near two major oil sands projects nearly
doubled in size to 17,000 hectares on Wednesday, although
firefighters made some progress tackling blazes elsewhere in the
oil-rich Western Canadian province.

The fires have forced energy companies operating in Alberta,
the largest source of U.S. oil imports, to shut in 233,000
barrels per day of production, or roughly 10 percent of total
oil sands output.

May 27, 2015

Hundreds more oil sands staff evacuated on Alberta fire threat

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Statoil ASA, MEG Energy Corp and Cenovus Energy Inc evacuated hundreds of workers from three oil sands projects in northeastern Alberta on Tuesday as wildfires raged through the key crude-producing region.

The latest evacuations are in addition to project shutdowns by Cenovus and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd over the weekend, as companies rushed to remove staff from potential danger.

May 26, 2015

MEG latest to shut oil sands project on Alberta fire threat

CALGARY, Alberta, May 26 (Reuters) – MEG Energy Inc
said on Tuesday it was suspending operations at its 80,000
barrel per day Christina Lake oil sands project and evacuated
non-essential staff as wildfires rage through northeastern
Alberta.

MEG said in a statement that there was as yet no safety risk
from the forest fires, but it has halted work on a planned
maintenance shutdown at its project site, the latest of several
oil producers in the region to move staff away from the
potential danger.

May 25, 2015

Alberta energy minister inexperience a concern for industry

CALGARY, Alberta, May 25 (Reuters) – Canada’s oil and gas
industry is concerned about the inexperience of Alberta’s new
energy minister, but is ready to give her the benefit of the
doubt for now as she takes on the closely watched role, analysts
and executives said on Monday.

Marg McCauig-Boyd, a one-time teacher with a master’s degree
in administration and leadership from San Diego State
University, was on Sunday appointed as energy minister by new
Premier Rachel Notley.

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