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One person injured after heavy oil leak at Shell Scotford northeast of Fort Saskatchewan

CATHERINE GRIWKOWSKY: 15 November 2017

One person was injured and the Shell Scotford site was evacuated for several hours after a heavy oil mixture leak on Wednesday afternoon.

The “hydrocarbon release” happened around 12:30 p.m. inside a processing unit at the Scotford Facility near Fort Saskatchewan, according to a statement sent by Tara Lemay on behalf of Shell. The all-clear was sounded at 6:30 p.m.

One person reported a minor injury and all non-essential personnel were moved off-site as a precaution, the statement said. All personnel were accounted for.

Lemay said for competitive reasons she could not disclose more information.

Shell Canada and Strathcona County emergency services went to the scene.

According to the statement, Shell notified neighbouring residents and businesses, but they did not require any action to be taken.

Road blocks were set up on Township Road 560A at Range Road 214 and Range Raod 220 at Township Road 554.

The Alberta Energy Regulator had been contacted.

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