Canadian oilfield workers readying return after wildfire

May 11, 2016 11:02 PM

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CALGARY/LAC LA BICHE, Alberta Workers for one of the largest oil sands companies affected by a massive wildfire in northern Canada will begin returning to the shuttered facilities on Thursday, a union official said on Wednesday, the latest indication that the key petroleum production area was slowly coming back online.

Meanwhile, the premier of the province of Alberta and the head of the Canadian Red Cross announced that residents of Fort McMurray, the oil-boom town that was evacuated last week because of the fire, would be offered direct financial aid.

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