The Fort McMurray region's mayor is taking a hard line on oilsands camps, proposing a moratorium on camps near his community. There are roughly 800 new COVID-19 cases in Alberta recorded within the past 24 hours, making this the largest single-day increase in new cases since the pandemic began in March. Many workers don’t even utilize the local airport, instead flying via chartered airplanes into private company airstrips. YMM News Team; October 29, 2020; Junior Oil Barons and Bouchier Team Up to Bring Hockey to New Heights. A worker staying at a work camp north of Fort McMurray has tested positive for COVID-19, while six Syncrude employees have tested positive for the virus. { {* createAccountButton *}, Extra income support for hard-hit workers may not stick around post-pandemic, PM says, U.S. pharmaceutical company expected to release COVID-19 vaccine trial data this month, Trudeau says he expects trade deal with UK can be done before 2021. }, "largeChartUrl": "", What it feels like: Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome, Scientists may have found an unbiased test for concussions, U.S. already has one million new COVID cases for November, hits record number of hospitalizations. "s": "TVC:USOIL+NYMEX:ICL1! Please try again. The next issue of Edmonton Journal Headline News will soon be in your inbox. — The operator of one of the many worker lodges in the Fort McMurray area of northern Alberta confirms that a guest has been transported to hospital with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. It says it has implemented its quarantine and isolation protocol, which includes closing the individual’s room and completing a deep sanitization for all areas in which the individual was present or assumed present, as well as letting other guests know about the situation. }, Fort McMurray, the remote Canadian town largely built by the oil-sands industry, is trying to limit the ability of those companies to fly in out-of-town workers. On Aug. 21, people at Wapasu and Northsands Lodges were told a worker at Imperial Oil’s Kearl Lake site had tested positive for the virus. ", “It’s going to give a lot more people in this region a lot more opportunity.”. "plotLineColorFalling": "#FF4A68", There was an error, please provide a valid email address. Fort McMurray, Alta. { COVID-19 in Fort McMurray: There has been one new recovery in Fort McMurray in the past 24 hours, bringing total recoveries to 343 since the first case was reported in the city on March 19. "s": "INDEX:TTEN", EnergyNow is an online energy news and data media service dedicated to providing essential up to-date information on the Canadian oil & gas industry. A member of Sun Media Community Newspapers part of Postmedia Network. The worker contracted the virus from an infected person while off-site and has been quarantined at Wapasu Lodge. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 20, 2020. "scaleFontColor": "#DADDE0", city officials are proposing new rules that would attempt to reduce the amount of work camps near the city. "d": "WTI Crude" In its 2018 census, the total non-permanent “shadow” population of the Wood Buffalo region including Fort McMurray was estimated at almost 36,700 people, most of whom were living in worker camps. Civeo says it followed its screening protocol when the worker checked in, adding the person was in the facility less than 12 hours, most of which was spent in the guest’s quarters. “We want more people living in this region and calling this home,” Don Scott, mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, which encompasses the town, said in a phone interview Tuesday. October’s employment numbers for the census region covering Wood Buffalo showed an increase of 700 jobs. From fleeing their country torn by civil war, to refugee camps in Jordan, and then settling in a city with -40C temperatures – Baraa and Diyaa Alkanakre have certainly seen more challenges than most youth their age. READ MORE ALL CURRENT NEWS. Help us to improve EnergyNow, Give us your feedback, $672 billion: The energy sector’s revenues to Canadian governments 2000–2018 – Lennie Kaplan and Mark Milke, OPEC sees coronavirus hampering oil demand recovery into 2021, Newly listed Topaz Energy forecasts double-digit earnings and output growth in 2021, Oil Tops $45 a Barrel in London for the First Time in 10 Weeks, Perpetual Energy Inc. reports third quarter 2020 financial and operating results, Pulse Seismic Inc. Reports Q3 2020 Results, NuVista Energy Ltd. The shadow population fell 15 per cent in the time period. The town that sits in the middle of the world’s third-largest crude reserves is drafting a bylaw to limit the construction of temporary worker housing known as man camps, as it seeks to push producers to hire locally or have workers settle there. “Any sort of moratorium imposed on industry is basically a moratorium on development, exasperating lack of investor confidence in the oil-sands sector,” he said, adding that oil-sands companies are trying to attract people to live locally. Fort McMurray’s fight against man camps is just the latest headache for producers who have had to deal with opposition to pipelines and a production curtailment imposed by Alberta to try to boost local crude prices. The only outbreak in the oilsands right now is at Canadian Natural’s Albian Sands. The information you requested is not available at this time, please check back again soon. "s": "UKOIL", Preventing producers from setting up new camps would only discourage investment further at a time when capital spending is set to decline for a fifth straight year, said Karim Zariffa, executive director of the Oil Sands Community Alliance, a local trade organization representing the industry. A welcome email is on its way. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings. All rights reserved. Further disruptions to health care could be on the horizon if Alberta does not bend the COVID-19 curve in the near future, Dr. Albertans will be able to provide input on the federal government’s gun ban through an online survey and two telephone town hall meetings, the province announced Monday. Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. 5915 Gateway Blvd. "tabs": [ In a statement Friday, Houston-based Civeo Corp. says the … "d": "CAD/USD" On Tuesday, Syncrude spokesperson Will Gibson confirmed the six workers had been infected with the virus. But because it is believed the workers contracted the virus off-site, Alberta Health has not declared a workplace outbreak. We've sent an email with instructions to create a new password. FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. March 21, 2020 The Canadian Press . They housed workers who might otherwise have burdened a city that couldn’t build homes, roads and infrastructure fast enough to keep up with the growth. {* mergePassword *}, {* backButton *} There have been 13 new active cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the known total of cases to 113. According to a 2018 census conducted by the Regional Municipality of … Sorry we could not verify that email address. Civeo says it followed its screening protocol when the worker checked in, adding the person was in the facility less than 12 hours, most of which was spent in the guest’s quarters. "d": "TSX Energy" ] Peter Tertzakian, executive director of ARC Energy Research Institute says that the risks of not acting to intervene in the oil glut would be worse than the risks of intervention. 365 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4. No longer shielded by presidential 'cloak of immunity', Trump could face litany of lawsuits on ... Fox's Laura Ingraham calls Lindsey Graham a 'used car salesman' after he repeatedly asks donors ... Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla sells 62 per cent of his shares on same day as ... Tom Metzger dead at 82: The KKK leader fought for a message of hate until ... Trump should concede election once Biden is formally proclaimed the next U.S. president: poll. In a statement Friday, Houston-based Civeo Corp. says the worker had no symptoms when he or she checked into the Borealis […] The aim is to boost population, local businesses and housing prices in a place that endured the grim double whammy in 2016 of a devastating fire and plunging oil prices. { All rights reserved. In a statement Friday, Houston-based Civeo Corp. says the worker had no symptoms when he or she checked into the Borealis Lodge, a 1,500-room complex 22 kilometres north of the city, on Wednesday evening but felt ill the next morning. "d": "NYMEX Natural Gas" {* backButton *} "belowLineFillColorGrowing": "rgba(60, 188, 152, 0.05)", "d": "TSX Venture" After several days of debate and compromise, city council voted unanimously to support an amended motion that would reject permits for the renewal of existing “fly-in/fly-out” work camps and halt the approval of new camps within 75 kilometres of the city. { Please check your email and click on the link to activate your account. Provincial COVID-19 updates as of November 10: A total of 34,873 people have been infected with the virus. }, Other Selected Commodities