Alberta oilsands explosion injures four

Locals concerned about air quality


An explosion at the Horizon oilsands site in northern Alberta cast black smoke over the region and burned four workers, including two who went to hospital. The explosion happened Thursday afternoon at a site owned by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. Nearby residents of the Fort McKay First Nation told CBC News they were worried about what was spilling into the sky over their community as they watched the fire burn Thursday. Testing equipment showed that air quality was “good” as of 6 p.m. MT and Alberta Environment is on site today to assess risks. The fire started in an upgrader that converts bitumen into crude oil.

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Alberta oilsands explosion injures four

  1. Heh. Alberta Environment is a bad oxymoron.

    Alberta Environment assessing risks? That's just meaningless gobbledy-gook.

  2. Hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. When our government allows oil companies to drill in environmentally sensitive areas like the oil sands, there is always the risk of a fire well that kills or injures workers and spews oil into the ground or the water and clouds of black smoke in the sky. People don't notice when a few obscure species of plant or animal become extinct because of human activity, but everyone will notice when or if the Athabasca River becomes dead because of oil drilling.

    So what do we do? You can't go back to the way things were before, obviously, but we need to wean ourselves from this black tar what we put inside our cars. However, not very many people drive electric cars, and even fewer people get about on horse and buggy, except when honeymooning at the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City.