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Nexen Enters Not Guilty Plea To Charges Stemming From 2016 Explosion

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Nexen Enters Not Guilty Plea To Charges Stemming From 2016 Explosion

Nexen Long Lake's hydrocracker unit exploded on January 15, causing extensive damage to their upgrader facility and killing two workers // Supplied by Nexen

Nexen has pled not guilty to all charges stemming from an explosion that killed two workers at one of their facilities back in 2016.

The company appeared in a Fort McMurray courtroom Wednesday after Alberta’s Occupational Health Services laid eight charges against them back in December of 2017, for the incident at their Long Lake site, south of Fort McMurray – near Anzac.

Back in January 2016, an explosion occurred near an on-site hydrocracker killing one of the workers and sending another to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The injured worker succumbed to his injuries 10 days later in hospital.

The site was effectively shut down with RMWB first responders being one of the first to report to the facility.

Nexen has pled not guilty to all charges, ranging from failure to ensure the health and safety of workers, and failure to ensure all workers – who were affected by the procedure – were familiar with it before the work began.

The company will be back in court on May 16 with plans to set a trial date.

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