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Canada Wildfires Threaten Oil Pipeline Spill Cleanup

HeadlineMay 17, 2011

Raging wildfires have forced workers to delay cleanup efforts of last month’s massive oil spill from a tar sands pipeline in Alberta, Canada. More than 115 wildfires have been reported across Alberta. Thirty-six of them are listed as being out of control. Fears are growing that the fires will reach the site of last month’s oil spill, near the community of Little Buffalo in the traditional territory of the Lubicon Cree First Nation. Melina Laboucan-Massimo is an environmental campaigner with Greenpeace who is from the Lubicon Cree First Nation.

Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Greenpeace: “Currently around the area where the spill is, and this has raised concerns for people as well, because if that oil were to ignite, we would also see a whole host of problems related to toxins being further released from the oil spill, as well as the inability to put the fire out.”

The pipeline spill in Alberta caused a leak of 28,000 barrels of oil—the largest oil spill in the region in decades.

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