Shell people respond to wildfires in Fort McMurray
May 04, 2016
Shell staff continue to respond to wildfires in Fort McMurray providing support for our people, their loved ones and others in the area.
While our operations are currently far from the fires (our site is about 95km North of Fort McMurray), we have shut down production at our Shell Albian Sands mining operations so we can focus on getting families out of the region. Efforts to maintain necessary operations at site are ongoing and staff are actively monitoring the fires.
“My heart and thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the devastation,” said Shell Executive Vice President Oil Sands, Zoe Yujnovich. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the support offered and the kindness I’ve witnessed both within our company but also amongst the community.”
Shell’s work camp, the Albian Village, is now open to any evacuated Fort McMurray residents who need a safe place to stay. Evacuees continued to arrive throughout the evening and into today. Capacity at the Village is 2,000 but beds and food remain available as families leave by plane. 25 flights departed from the Albian airstrip today and flights will continue to be open to all evacuees. New aircraft constantly arrive with critical medications and supplies.
“Our hearts go out to those affected by the wildfire in Fort McMurray,” said Shell Canada President and Country Chair, Michael Crothers. “Our people live in this community and we are doing everything we can to support our employees, contractors, friends, and neighbours during this difficult time.”
Shell emergency response teams are on the ground in Fort McMurray supporting local and provincial fire crews and we are providing fuel for first responders in the region. We will continue to support relief efforts in various ways.
- Employees who have been evacuated have been asked to get in touch with their supervisors to discuss next steps. We have also set up a phone line staff can call for information on recent developments.
- We have aircraft flying employees and their families to Calgary and Edmonton and have staff on hand to help them when they land.
- The Albian Airstrip is also supporting evacuation for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Mikisew Cree First Nation and others.
- We don’t have an exact number for how many are currently at the Village (it’s continually changing as people come in and are flown out) but capacity is 2000. We have enough food and beds available for everyone there.
- Supplies arriving include kennels for the hundreds of pets that owners have brought to the Village.
- Production capacity from our two mines, Muskeg River Mine and Jackpine Mine, is 255,000 bpd.
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