There's always the possibility of an assassination in Saudi land. The royal family mostly don't like what's been going down and I'm sure the population doesn't either.
A leading figure of the conservative Venezuelan opposition was murdered in cold blood Friday and his murderer is still at large.
German Mavare who was a leader of the Un Nuevo Tiempo – A New Era – Party, was shot in the head Friday morning. The killing of Mavare comes as Venezuela is increasingly destabilized because of an ongoing political and economic crisis.
Google: Producers, refiners see prolonged shutdown from Canadian wildfire
Many oil worker homes have been destroyed. Those that survived are still unlivable with no gas and electricity. The drinking water is unsafe. It will be awhile before the can restart.
There is no word when they can return to production. The workers have been displaced. Many of their homes destroyed and if their homes remain intact, they can't return yet...
But thousands of evacuees -- many of whom are essential oil industry workers -- are camped out in nearby towns and stand little chance of returning soon, even if their homes are intact. The city's gas has been turned off, its power grid is damaged, and the water is undrinkable
He said that Saddam Hussein did one thing right. He eliminated terrorists. Now Iraq is the destination for terrorists. Some said that we should take their oil. Who has it now, ISIS. Iraq wasn't our enemy, someone else was.
I have to ask Trump, who he thinks that enemy could be.
Sure. The new oil minister wants to see the downfall of the regime. It's nearing daily with low oil prices. Their banks, construction, and welfare systems are falling apart.
On Saturday, Syncrude, an oil-sands-mining company controlled by Suncor, shut down its Aurora mine and Mildred Lake operation. The company said in a statement that while there was no imminent threat from flames, smoke had reached its Mildred Lake site. It started evacuating employees early Saturday.
Syncrude, which has a production capacity of 350,000 barrels of oil a day, said it will resume operations when the fire risk has passed. It said the jobs of more than 4,800 employees were secure.
They are trying to underplay the severity of the situation:
Notley's comments came as officials said the flames were threatening the edges of the Suncor oil-sands facility, about 15 miles north of Fort McMurray. Nonessential personnel there had been evacuating, and efforts to protect the site were under way.
"This facility, it should be emphasized, is highly resilient to forest fires as we have seen in [the] past when it's previously been threatened by very large fires," Notley said.
Oil-sands-mining sites are resistant to fires because they are cleared of vegetation, Morrison said. He said the sites also have exceptional industrial fire departments.
By late Saturday, the fire had encroached on the main oil-sands facilities run by Suncor Energy Inc. and Syncrude Canada Ltd. just north of Fort McMurray, knocking out an estimated 1 million barrels of production from Canada's energy hub.
Chad Morrison of Alberta Wildfire said the blaze in Alberta province will cover more than 494,211 acres by today and will continue to grow because of unseasonably high temperatures, dry conditions and high winds.
The wildfire has forced 10 oil sands operators, including Suncor Energy Inc and Shell Canada to reduce production because workers have had to flee Fort McMurray, and in some cases evacuate operations as a precaution.
More than 20 oil operations are clustered in a 100-kilometer (60-mile) radius of the city, according to government data.
Pipelines have also been affected, raising worries about the delivery of diluent, which is normally blended with the viscous bitumen found in the oil sands to produce Canadian heavy crude.
On Friday, BP's Canadian unit declared a so-called force majeure event, telling clients available Canadian crude grades will be reduced during May as a result of the fire. BP did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
Oil sands companies have shut about 1 million barrels per day of crude output, according to Reuters calculations, out of Canada's total oil sands production of 2.2 million barrels a day. Syncrude, located north of the city, said Friday its oil sands project has completely shut extraction at its Aurora bitumen mine; it had already reduced production prior to the fire.
Whether the fire would continue to affect prices was unclear. Most companies had not announced when they expect activity to restart.
“It really depends on how long it takes to get this fire under control and out," said Jackie Forrest, analyst at ARC Financial in Calgary, of the effect on prices.
I think that they were pretty much did naked shorting today. I think that they plan to cover before it shows up as not delivered.
Hot and dry. It hasn't rained in two months. It's reported that a sustained rain is needed to get it under control. The city itself is reported to look bombed out. Only a 40% chance of showers Saturday. Evacuating those that went to the oil sands housing area now. No deaths reported but massive property damage.