Alberta forest fire impacting energy companies

Shell Canada and other energy companies were shutting in wells in southwestern Alberta Province Tuesday because of spreading forest fires, Kallanish Energy reports.

Shell Canada, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, had shut-in 24 wells and natural gas lines, but its large Waterton sour gas complex near Pincher Creek remains open, according to reports from Canadian press.

The fires had also forced Questfire Energy and West Lake Energy to shut-in wells.

Shell is closely monitoring the situation, spokesman Cameron Yost said in a statement reported by Reuters.

“We have reduced the number of employees in the field and plant to a handful performing critical services and have plans in place for their immediate evacuation once our facilities have safely been shut-in,” Yost said.

The Kenow fire started in British Columbia and has spread through Waterton Lakes National Park and beyond the park’s boundaries.

The fire has grown to more than 49,000 acres. About 500 people have been evacuated from nearby communities.