Shell says no evacuation from oil sands mine

Mon May 16, 2011 12:54pm EDT
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CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc denied media reports on Monday that its northern Alberta oil sands mining operation had been evacuated because of a wildfire threat.

The Calgary Herald reported on its website that projects owned by Shell as well as Canadian Natural Resources Ltd were evacuated on Monday because of an out-of-control forest fire near Fort McMurray.

A spokesman for Shell said that was not the case. Canadian Natural could not be immediately reached for comment.

(Reporting by Scott Haggett; editing by Rob Wilson)