CNOOC Petroleum North America fined $450,000 for blast that killed two workers

FORT MCMURRAY — 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 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., later died in hospital.

Nexen Energy was charged in 2017 with workplace offences under Alberta’s 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, 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.

Quinn Wilson, CEO of the company, said it has been working on its safety practices to make sure that something similar never happens again.

“Drew Foster, David Williams were strong contributors to our company. They were valued and they were working overtime to help us,” he said Thursday outside court.

“As an operator we take full responsibility for what happened to those two men that day.”

Court heard 16 victim impact statements from family members and a friend of the men.

Tracy Foster, Drew Foster’s widow, told the court about the events that led up to the explosion, including her husband’s decision to become a millwright and move across the country.

“Drew was the rock of our family. No amount of time will heal what we’ve lost,” she said.

Crown prosecutor Alana Elliot read a statement from Dave Williams’ mother, who wrote that her living room has become a shrine to her late son.

Williams’ father, Michael Williams, wrote that he sometimes visits the cemetery several times a day.

“Day after day. Surgery after surgery for 10 days we hoped and prayed David would be able to fight this, but the condition worsened.”

Other charges related to their deaths were withdrawn.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal – Business


DNA deja vu? rumored to be setting up for second go at IPO

FILE – Just days after the company won a $2.4 million tax incentive package from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, is rumored to be lining things up for its second public stock offering.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

LEHI — Just days after the company won a $2.4 million tax incentive package from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, is rumored to be lining things up to take the DNA testing and family history research company public, for the second time.

Bloomberg first reported on the effort in a Thursday story citing unnamed sources who said Ancestry is headed for the public investment market to “take advantage of growing consumer interest in DNA tests and investors’ appetite for new health and technology stocks.”

While was a publicly traded stock from 2009-12, the company moved back into the private sector following a $1.6 billion buyout by Permira Advisers in partnership with a group of the company’s executives and others. reported a value of $2.6 billion in an equity deal in 2016 involving Silver Lake Partners and GIC.

The Lehi-based business began life in Utah as a publisher of family history magazines and genealogy reference books back in 1983 and, according to data …read more

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Electric scooters have zipped by docked bikes in popularity

In this Dec. 5, 2018, photo a rider maneuvers a Lime brand electric scooter on a sidewalk past workers on Capitol Hill in Washington. Electric scooters are overtaking station-based bicycles as the most popular form of shared transportation outside transit and cars. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
J. Scott Applewhite
In this Dec. 5, 2018, photo Skip brand electric scooters are left on a sidewalk on Capitol Hill in Washington. Riders took 38.5 million trips on shared electric scooters in 2018. That eclipsed the 36.5 million trips riders took on shared, docked bicycles, according to a report released Wednesday, April 17, 2019, by the National Association of City Transportation Officials.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
J. Scott Applewhite
In this Dec. 6, 2018, photo a Lime scooter customer uses his mobile app to lock up his scooter on the sidewalk after finishing his trip in downtown Washington. Companies are jockeying for strategic position in the so-called micromobility revolution, where consumers are embracing ride-hailing services, scooters, bikes and shared cars that can be hailed and paid …read more

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