CNOOC fined $450,000 for blast that killed 2 men at Long Lake facility
The company formerly known as Nexen Energy has been fined $450,000 after pleading guilty to charges in the deaths of two oilsands workers in northern Alberta.
The two men died from an explosion at the Long Lake SAGD and upgrader facility near Anzac on Jan. 15, 2016.
Drew Foster, 52, of Niagara Falls, Ont., was pronounced dead at the scene and David Williams, 30, of Scotchtown, N.S., died 10 days later in an Edmonton hospital.
In July 2016, Nexen executives said the cause of the explosion was the employees themselves, saying the men were working outside the scope of their approved work activities when the explosion happened.
Williams, a journeyman millwright, was changing out valves on a compressor when the explosion happened.
Nexen Energy was charged by Alberta Labour in 2017 with workplace offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Some of the charges related to ensuring a compressor was properly serviced and that staff in charge of the machine had read its operating manual and safety rules.
The company initially pleaded not guilty in March 2018.
On Thursday, the company, which is now called CNOOC Petroleum North America, pleaded guilty in Fort McMurray provincial court to failing to ensure the health and safety of the men.
The company was fined $450,000. All other charges related to their deaths were withdrawn.
The Crown said it believes that there was a just result in this case.
The court heard 16 victim impact statements from family members and a friend of the men.
Watch below (July 12, 2016): Nexen has announced it will be laying off more than 300 workers in the coming months. As Tom Vernon explains, this is directly related to an explosion at its Long Lake facility in January.
Below is the agreed statement of facts in the case.
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