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Wildfires rage in Canada’s oil hub

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🗞️ Driving the news: Wildfires are threatening the oil sands region of Alberta, Canada, putting over 2 million barrels per day of oil production at risk
• The blazes have spread to nearly 20,000 hectares near Fort McMurray, the center of the oil sands industry

🔭 The context: Alberta has experienced 323 wildfires this year, burning 30,000 hectares
• In 2016, wildfires in the same region destroyed over 2,000 homes and significantly disrupted oil production

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Wildfires contribute significantly to carbon emissions, with the Copernicus Climate Change Service reporting 2,170 megatonnes in 2023
• These events highlight the increasing risk climate change poses to both the environment and critical energy infrastructure

⏭️ What's next: Continued monitoring and potential evacuations are in place as cooler temperatures and rain have provided some relief, but the fires remain uncontrolled
Energy companies are on alert for further disruptions

💬 One quote: “If we did see a material supply impact metastasise out of these wildfires, then that could tighten the market a little more, and there could be upward price pressure potential,” said Thomas Liles, VP of upstream research at Rystad

📈 One stat: Alberta’s oil sands produced 3.2 million barrels per day in 2023, contributing to Canada’s status as the world's fourth-largest oil producer

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