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Massive Alberta Wildfire Enters Saskatchewan

Posted by feww on May 20, 2016

Fort McMurray wildfire is almost the size of Delaware

The massive forest fire that devastated Fort McMurray, Alta., has now crossed the border into Saskatchewan, said Canadian officials.

The ferocious fire had devoured 505,645 hectares of forest as of Thursday morning local time, and expanded east of the border, burning 771 hectares in Saskatchewan, according to fire officials.

The fire is said to be about 30km from the nearest village, La Loche.

The latest Canadian Wildland Fire Information System map indicates the Fort McMurray fire has entered Saskatchewan at two points. However, the Saskatchewan government insists the southern part is actually a brand new, 40-hectare fire, said a report.

“One of the new fires, which covers 40 hectares, started close to the Fort McMurray fire on the Saskatchewan-Alberta border sometime during the evening on May 18.”

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Fort McMurray Wildfire Could Double in Size by Tonight: Govt

Posted by feww on May 7, 2016

The 101,000-hectare fire could double in size by tonight amid 27-dgree temp. and 40-kmph wind gusts

The massive blaze claiming Fort McMurray had grown to at least 101,000 hectares, as of posting, and was  moving northeast, away from the community, senior wildfire manager Chad Morrison told reporters.

Meanwhile, another wildfire in Manitoba province, one of the large blazes burning on the eastern border with Ontario, has prompted the provincial government to issue a Mandatory evacuation order.

The following update on wildfire situation, is mirrored from the Alberta

  • People who have been displaced will be provided with $1,250 peradult and $500 per dependant in emergency financial assistance. This will probably be provided in the form of pre-loaded debit cards. Details on when this assistance will be available and how to get access to it will be announced by May 11, 2016. Government of Alberta offices will not have additional information until that time. When details are available they will be posted on and available through 310-4455. In order to allow for immediate distribution to people most urgently in need of this assistance, we are asking evacuees who are not in dire need of these funds not to claim them immediately.
  • The Disaster Recovery Program (DRP) will allocate an initial $200 million for emergency costs. Disaster recovery programs provide financial assistance for municipalities and their citizens who incur uninsurable loss and damage as a result of a disastrous event. This amount was already included in Budget 2016 to cover emergency events.
  • The Wood Buffalo Ministerial Recovery Task Force has been established to:
    • ensure safety and security in the affected areas;
    • support the needs of the communities;
    • plan the timely re-entry of residents when it is safe to do so; and
    • support the resumption of municipal, economic and business activities.
  • Convoys of vehicles were temporarily halted at about 1 p.m. today due to wildfire smoke on Highway 63 south of Fort McMurray. They resumed about an hour later. Traffic is flowing south on Highway 63 from the Parsons Creek Interchange under RCMP control.
  • Fire conditions remain extreme, with 12 new starts across Alberta yesterday. A total of 40 wildfires are burning, with five out of control, eight being held, 21 under control and six turned over to the responsible parties.
  • A provincewide ban on the use of off-highway vehicles, due to the risk these vehicles pose in the very dry conditions Alberta is experiencing, is in effect.
  • A provincial fire ban remains in effect across Alberta. All fire permits are suspended and no new permits will be issued. All open fires, including campfires and charcoal briquettes, are prohibited.
  • Temperatures in the high teens and winds gusting up to 40 kilometres per hour will make firefighting challenging.
  • More than 1,200 firefighters, approximately 110 helicopters, 295 pieces of heavy equipment and more than 27 air tankers are fighting the fires across the province.
  • Fort McMurray, Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McMurray First Nation remain under a mandatory evacuation order.

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Fort McMurray Wildfire Expected to Keep Growing: Officials

Posted by feww on May 6, 2016

UPDATED: 09:30UTC Fri May 6, 2016

“Fire conditions remain extreme, with 18 new starts across Alberta yesterday. A total of 49 wildfires are burning, with seven considered out of control, 12 being held, 23 under control, and seven turned over to the responsible parties,” said Alberta Government.

Damage to Fort McMurray “Extensive,” the City “Unsafe” for Residents: Alberta Premier 

The explosive blaze, which erupted on Sunday, had grown to about 90,000 hectares by Thursday.

  • State of Emergency continues across in the disaster area across Fort McMurray and surrounding communities.
  • Mandatory Mass Evacuations of about 88,000 residents are nearly completed.
  • The residents will not be able to return home anytime soon, officials have warned.
  • The fire has destroyed thousands of structures in the city.
  • “The damage to the community of Fort McMurray is extensive and the city is not safe for residents,” said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley Thursday evening.
  • The flames are spreading to the communities of Anzac and Gregoire Lake Estates and posing “extreme threat” to the areas south and southeast of Fort McMurray, as of Thursday evening (local time).


Fort McMurray Wildfire creating its own weather, lightning

“The wildfire threatening to engulf the city has become so powerful it has created its own firestorm,” reported CBC.

The powerful firestorm has created its own weather system, funneling smoke and particulates high into the stratosphere, and generating powerful lightning strikes, sad the report.

“They tend to promote their own kind of conditions,” said a meteorologist for Environment Canada.

“That’s why you’ll see the winds near fires … that are significantly stronger that the surrounding atmosphere.”

FIRE-EARTH Disaster Models estimate the direct damage costs from the fire at $5 billion, based on the data available, as of posting.  [Total damage costs could easily exceed $10 billion.]

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Fort McMurray Wildfire has Destroyed 1,600 Buildings: Alberta Premier

Posted by feww on May 5, 2016

State of Emergency Declared in Alberta

Mandatory Mass Evacuations: 88,000 residents flee Fort McMurray, surrounding communities

The explosive wildfire that is raging around Fort McMurray, the Canadian oil city in the provice of Alberta, has consumed about 8,000 hectares so far,  destroying 1,600 structures in the city, said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.

“There’s been fairly significant destruction of residences,” she told reporters in Edmonton on Wednesday.

“We’re looking at roughly 1,600 structures at this point, so we’ve begun conversations with our federal partners about work that will need to be done with respect to restoration and recovery once the fire is brought under control.”

“We successfully evacuated 88,000 people,” fire Chief Darby Allen said at a news conference.  “No one is hurt and no one has passed away.”

Fort McMurray effectively cut off from the rest of Alberta 

“Currently that fire, at Airport Road and Highway 63  … has jumped both sides of the road, and traffic is no longer moving north or south,” a city official said on Wednesday evening.

Morning dawns on the widespread devastation in Beacon Hill, where 80 per cent of homes were lost. (Sylvain Bascaron/CBC)

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51 Communities Evacuated amid Raging Wildfires in W. Canada

Posted by feww on July 6, 2015

15,000 Residents ordered to evacuate their homes in Saskatchewan

At least 112 wildfires are burning through the northern region of Saskatchewan, forcing about 17,000 residents in 51 communities to evacuate.

“Saskatchewan’s Buffalo Narrows and La Ronge regions are the hottest wildfire spots at the moment, but there are also 10 uncontained blazes tearing through the province’s Prince Albert region, further to the south” said a report.

Fire Stats
Communities under full or partial evacuation orders: 51
Total number of residents evacuated or under evacuation orders: 17,000
Number of active wildfires (July 6, 2015) : 112
Number of active wildfires greater than 100 hectares: 56  (July 5, 2015)
Wildfires to date: 574 (compared with total of 184 to date in 2014, and seasonal total of 193 blazes)

Western Canada Disaster Watch

  • Wildfires are also raging  in the rest of Western Canada, with B.C. and Alberta experiencing similar hot and dry conditions, said CTV News.
  • Port Hardy, B.C. declared a state of emergency on Saturday as a wildfire forced the evacuation of 100 homes. The fire is one of 64 that are active across the province.
  • There were also more than 120 wildfires burning across Alberta, with hundreds of northern residents put on evacuation alert.
  • About 1,000 military personnel have been sent to help contain wildfires in Saskatchewan and assist evacuees relocation.

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Fort McMurray: The Most Polluted Place in N. America

Posted by feww on July 1, 2015

AQI reached a high of 456 in Fort McMurray , Alberta, Canada

The Air Quality Index (AQI) in Fort McMurray [pop: ~ 80,000] reached a hazardous high of 456 Monday night local time, the highest in North America, and was hovering in the “Very Unhealthy” territory, as of posting.

“Fort Muck,” as the city is also referred to, has been described as a “place of sex, drugs, violence, homelessness, massive trucks, polluted air and contaminated water.”

PM2.5 Pollution Level

AQi Values of 300 or greater are considered “Hazardous,” the highest health threat level on the EPA scale. This would trigger health warnings of emergency conditions because it puts the entire population at risk.

“Fueling Epidemics of Syphilis and HIV”

“The sex trade in Fort McMurray has kept pace with the booming oil industry, and goes hand in hand with the increase in hard drug use,” said a report, citing a Coordinator for the Council of Canadians.

“The drug of choice changed overnight, from pot to coke,” said the coordinator.

I’ve had boys barely out of high school come into my office freaked out over their sexual identities after getting drunk and having gay sex for the first time, and often unprotected. It’s just plain sad to see.

Does everyone do it [engage in high risk sexual behavior and drug use]? No, but the fact is we have a Syphilis outbreak in this province, and these workers go back to where they are from and it spreads. There are health centers at the work sights, but people don’t go to them for fear that it’ll get back to their employers. It’s an unacceptable situation, but the municipality has bigger things to think about and so the problem is not dealt with effectively.

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Wildfires Force Mass Evacuation of Alberta Oil Sands Staff

Posted by feww on May 27, 2015

Wildfires force suspension of tenth of Alberta’s oil sands output

Statoil Canada, MEG Energy  and Cenovus Energy have evacuated hundreds of oil sands staff from three projects—Christina Lake, Narrows Lake and  Leismer—in NE Alberta, as raging wildfires threaten the major oil-producing region.

“At least 233,000 barrels per day of oil sands production, nine per cent of Alberta’s total oil sands output, has been suspended in Alberta’s northeast because of the fire risk, said a report.

ALBERTA WILDFIRE Update – May 26, 2015 @ 10:00hrs

  • At least 19 out-of-control wildfires and 50 other forest fires are raging across the province, as of update, A total of 55 wildfires were sparked on Monday, most by lightning.
  • States of Emergency have been declared for several towns due to the fires.
  • A 200-hectare wildfire forced evacuation of approximately 5,000 residents of Wabasca.
  • The fiercest fires include
    1. 10km  from the hamlet of Wabasca.
    2. 22km east of Slave Lake (see also Slave Lake Hit by Back-to-Back Disasters).
    3. 40km  NW of Cold Lake (see also Another Dark Day for Global Climate, Environment).
  • Alberta has experienced 687 wildfires that have burned 18,435.22 hectares between April 1 and May 26, 2015, according to the latest government update.
  • Officials have evacuated several towns threatened by fires throughout the province.
  • Alberta has deployed more than 1,300 wildland fire crews and about 100 aircraft to control the fires.
  • Alberta has declared a province-wide fire ban.

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States of Emergency Declared in Wisconsin, South Dakota, Ontario…

Posted by feww on June 22, 2014

SCENARIOS 111, 088, 066, 023

State of Emergency declared in three Wisconsin counties

Gov. Walker has declared a state of emergency for three Wisconsin counties after six tornadoes touchdown in Dane, Green and Grant Counties.

The tornadoes ranged from F-1 to F-3, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Damaging winds and hail were also reported in the affected areas.

SD Declares a State of Emergency

Gov. Daugaard has declared a State of Emergency following severe flooding affecting southeastern South Dakota.


Ontario: The town Angus is currently under a state of emergency after a tornado touched down Tuesday night, tearing up fences and shearing off the tops of homes, said a report.

Alberta: Nine communities remain under states of emergency amid floods that have affected thousands of people. The communities that had declared states of emergency include Claresholm, Coalhurst, Cardston, Coaldale, the Blood Indian Reserve, Medicine Hat, the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, the Municipal District of Willow Creek and Lethbridge County, according to the provincial officials.

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State of Emergency Declared in Canadian County due to Toxic Fumes

Posted by feww on November 22, 2013


Toxic fumes from landfill fire force evacuations in Canada

The landfill caught fire late Monday, and by Wednesday deteriorating conditions forced emergency officials to issue a mandatory evacuation order for nearby homes, said a report.

Emergency crews have so far been unable to control the fire at Westar Landfill, east of Medicine Hat.

“The county says there is still no viable way to extinguish it and the cause of the fire is still unknown,” said the report.

cypress county landfill fire
Tuxic fumes spewing from an uncontained fire at Westar Landfill, east of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. Screenshot from Global News video report.

The site is reportedly used for “old construction materials like asphalt shingles, plastic insulation and siding.”

Meantime, Alberta Health Services have issues an air quality warning, as the smoke is toxic and poses a serious life safety hazard.

“Biggest thing is there’s a plume of smoke coming from the fire with very particulate matter which can get into your lungs,” said Cypress County Assistant Manager. “If you breathe enough of it, it could cause long term health impacts.”

“We were actually put on alert two days ago, and were called to respond last night to some of the people who were evacuated from the smoke,” said the Disaster Management Coordinator for the Red Cross.

The authorities anticipate the state of emergency to continue for a long time.

Read full report HERE.

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Canmore “Wiped Off the Map” amid Historic Alberta Flooding

Posted by feww on June 23, 2013

“The beautiful town of Canmore is basically wiped off the map”

Karen, a reader from Canada, wrote earlier today:

So far there has been about 175,000 evacuated from 25 communities in Alberta.  The water level in the Saddledome is over 10 rows.  The world famous Calgary Stampede grounds are flooded.  The down town area looks like Venice with water on all the streets.   Power is shut off to all the high rises, and may be out for over a week or more depending on water levels. They had to move the animals out of the zoo. Bridges have been wiped out.  They are expecting about another 8 or so bridges to go as it works its way down steam to Lethbridge and Medicine Hat.  They have already started evacuations there.  It has never ever been anything near this for as long as people can know of, and we are expecting more rain yet.  There are waterfalls on mountains where there never has been before,  The beautiful town of Canmore is basically wiped off the map.

Calgary and High River

Calgary remains under a state of emergency, although river levels have receded.

“This is incredible. I’ve seen a little bit of flooding in Calgary before. I don’t think any of us have seen anything like this before. The magnitude is just extraordinary,” said the Canadian Prime Minister, who is from Calgary.

The town of High River, south-west of Calgary, where three bodies have been recovered, remained under mandatory evacuation .

Meantime, Alberta Premier said the destruction in High River was “indescribable,” warning that cities and towns  downstream of Calgary were yet to experience the full force of the raging floodwaters.

Medicine Hat

“Evacuation notices went out to 10,000 homes along lower-lying areas of Medicine Hat last night,” said a report.

Authorities have evacuated about 15,000 people from more than 3,700 homes in Medicine Hat and they plan to shut off power and gas from those houses as a safety precaution, CBC reported.

Major Flooding in southern Alberta 


Mandatory Evacuations

As of Friday a.m. the following neighborhoods were placed  under mandatory evacuation:

  • Beltline
  • Bonnybrook
  • Bowness
  • Bridgeland Industrial Area
  • Chinatown/Eau Claire
  • Cliff Bungalow
  • Deer Run
  • Discovery Ridge
  • Douglasdale
  • Downtown/East Village
  • Elbow Park
  • Erlton
  • Inglewood
  • Hillhurst
  • Mission
  • Montgomery
  • Quarry Park
  • Rideau
  • Riverbend
  • Riverdale
  • Roxboro
  • Stanley Park/Elboya
  • Sunnyside
  • Victoria Park
  • Westmount
  • Windsor Park



993 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 993 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History


Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Mass Evacuations in W Canada amid Worst Flooding in 90 Years

Posted by feww on June 21, 2013

Widespread flooding in W Canada could force 100,000 people out of their homes

More than 100,000 people in in Calgary alone been sent evacuation orders or notices as widespread flooding  in the region intensifies, Calgary city officials said.


Update: Jun 21, 2013 7:00 AM ET  ppp

  • At least 80,000 people have been evacuated from more than two dozen Calgary neighborhoods, so far.
  • Up to 30mm of rain is forecast across the region on Friday.
  • At least 12 communities in the province are under states of emergency, and 30 communities are under mandatory evacuation.


Calgary declares state of emergency, first of its kind in 90 years

Extreme rain events and severe flooding throughout southern Alberta on Thursday have washed out many roads, bridges and entire houses, reports said.

About 7,000 people were ordered to leave their homes in Calgary on Thursday as heavy rainfall across southern Alberta swelled the Elbow and Bow rivers, prompting the city’s first state of emergency declaration in more than 90 years.

States of emergency have also been declared in several other towns and more than a dozen communities.

More than 2 dozen communities in and around Calgary, which lie along the flooded rivers, have been evacuated.

  • Mandatory and immediate evacuations have been ordered for areas along the Elbow River including communities of The evacuation orders cover the communities of Beltline, Bonnybrook, Bowness, Bridgeland Industrial Area, Chinatown, Eau Claire, Cliff Bungalow, Deer Run, Discovery Ridge, Downtown, East Village, Elbow Park, Erlton, Inglewood, Hillhurst, Mission, Montgomery, Quarry Park, Rideau, Riverbend, Riverdale, Roxboro, Stanley Park, Elboya, Sunnyside, Victoria Park, Westmount and Windsor Park.

Water levels on the Elbow could top twice those of the last large deluges in 2005, said Calgary’s director of water services.

“It’s actually one of the most significant flood events this city has ever experienced,” said a city alderman. “This is a state of emergency, the first in this municipality since the 1920s.”

Meantime, mudslides have forced the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway, cutting off access to the mountain resort towns of Banff and Canmore.

  • The mountain town of Canmore, about 100 km west of Calgary declared a state of emergency.
    • A resident of Canmore who as waken up by a “kind of rumbling” sound in the middle of the night, and realized it was the flooded nearby creek said:”At first it was just intense, pretty powerful, amazing thing to watch.””As daylight came, it just got bigger and bigger and wider and wider, and it’s still getting bigger and bigger and wider and wider.” Wade Graham told CBC.”
    • “I watched a refrigerator go by. I watched a shed go by. I watched couches go by. It’s insane,” he added.
    • Looking from my bedroom window directly at Grotto Mountain, “which has no waterfalls on it ever, I can count seven major waterfalls from here.” He said.
  • High River, a town about 70 km south of Calgary, also declared a state of emergency, as High River submerged a great portion of town under several feet of water.
  • Hamlet of Bragg Creek, 44 km west of Calgary,  was evacuated as the Elbow River surged.
  • Residents of  Redwood Meadows were told to abandon their properties.
  • Parts of the Crowsnest Pass are being evacuated as water levels continue to rise.

Record flooding in Alberta

Record flooding in the heart of the Alberta tar sands dramatically illustrates their threat to Canada’s ‘Serengeti’, the Mackenzie River basin. Only days before this week’s flooding in Fort McMurray, a panel of international science experts warned that the nearly 200 square kilometres of toxic wastewater lakes near rivers like the Athabasca pose a direct threat one of the world’s most important ecosystems

House Smashes Against Bridge | Bragg Creek Alberta Flood 20/06/2013

Sour gas well rupture

In Turner Valley, southwest of Calgary, a sour gas wellhead ruptured at the same time as the town dealt with fast-rising flood waters in the Sheep River.

Turner Valley Coun. Barry Williamson said the pipeline was struck by river debris, adding that an evacuation was ordered for residences in the area.

The rupture caused a release of sour gas containing hydrogen sulfide (H2S) — a colourless, flammable gas that smells like rotten eggs — but officials have said the risk is now contained. Air quality monitoring at the point of the rupture isn’t detecting dangerous sour gas levels. CBC

Flood zones across Canada: Major deluges mapped from 2002-2011

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West Nile Virus Activity Intensifying

Posted by feww on October 1, 2012


[October 1, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,262 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History


Global Disasters/ Significant Events

More than 4,500 West Nile virus infections and 169 deaths reported in 47 states and D.C.

As of October 1, 2012 more than 4,500 human West Nile virus infections including 169 deaths [numbers to be confirmed] have been reported this year in the following states:

  • Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

As of October 1, 2012, a total of 47 states and D.C. have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. At least four thousand five hundred (4,500)  human West Nile virus infections including 169 deaths [numbers to be confirmed] have occurred, so far this year. The reported WNV cases include 51% neuroinvasive disease cases (such as meningitis or encephalitis). 

Footnote: The map displays white areas that represent no WNV activity reported, light green areas that represent any WNV activity* , dark green circles that represent disease cases, and dark green triangles that represent presumptive viremic blood donors.

* Includes WNV human disease cases, presumptive viremic blood donors, veterinary disease cases and infections in mosquitoes, birds, and sentinel animals.
† Presumptive viremic blood donors have a positive screening test which has not necessarily been confirmed.

Map shows the distribution of WNV activity* (shaded in light green), human infections (dark green circles), and presumptive viremic blood donors (dark green triangles) occurring during 2012 by state. If West Nile virus infection is reported from any area of a state, that entire state is shaded. Source: CDC/ Vector-Borne Diseases

Non-human West Nile virus infections have been reported to CDC ArboNET from the following states:

  • Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Other Disasters/ Significant Events

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background


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Buffet the Climate!

Posted by feww on August 22, 2008

More Serious Pollution Anyone?

Warren Buffet and Bill Gates reportedly visited the $9 billion Canadian Natural Resources Horizon oil sands project near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Monday. Horizon Oil is scheduled to start operations October 2008.

The visit by two of the world’s richest persons [and biggest producers of CO2] pushed up Toronto stock market by almost 300 points as speculators snapped up energy stocks.

Horizon Oil Sands Project, Alberta, Canada

Construction site being cleared for the Horizon Oil Sands Project. (Source: hydrocarbons-technology). Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

Horizon Oil Sands will begin operations October 2008. (Source: hydrocarbons-technology). Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!


In a news conference held in Madrid, Spain ( May 21, 2008), Warren Buffet declared:

“If the world were falling apart I’d still invest in companies.”

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