The mass exodus from the Fort McMurray area in Alberta has widened as wildfires continue to spread in and around the ravaged oil town. Officials have had to re-evacuate fleeing residents, while relocating its emergency headquarters some 200 miles south of the city.
Residents of Fort McMurray, Alberta—home to 83,000 people—have been ordered to leave as an out-of-control wildfire swept into the city. It’s the largest fire evacuation in the province’s history.
Late last month, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook the town of Fox Creek, Alberta. The province's energy regulator is pointing the finger at hydraulic fracturing which, if confirmed, would make it the largest earthquake ever to have been induced by the method.
When I was about 10, my boyfriend of the time (someone I swapped love-letters with, basically) wore the same pair of jeans for a month straight. I dropped him around day 10 through disgust. But 15 months? Now that's science.
In the vast, untapped oil sands of Alberta, Canada, Syncrude's upgrader looks like an industrial Martian base as it sucks oil out of the shale. There's are no spouts of black gold here — just bitumen, a viscous substance that has to be heated or diluted before it becomes liquid. The upgrader sits in an oil sand field…