New fire protection measure in force in oil-rich Alberta

1 Apr 2017   Canada, Tar Sands

After wildfires last year hobbled Alberta’s oil sector, the provincial government said Friday marks the start of enforcement of new protection regulations. Alberta lies at the center of Canada’s oil sector and blazes in and around Fort McMurray last year sidelined about 1 million barrels per day in oil production at its peak. That would represent about a quarter of the total Canadian oil production by today’s standards. Alberta declared March 1 as the official start of wildfire season and Friday marks the first day of enforcement for new protection measures. More than 235 square miles of land were scorched by wildfires last year. “Last fall, we passed important legislation to help deter unsafe behavior and […]

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