Fort McMurray rests in the heart of the Alberta oil sands, home to one of the largest proven crude oil reserves in the world. The nearby Athabasca oil sands are the largest single oil deposit in the world, containing an estimated 1.74 trillion barrels of bitumen.
Production has been reduced or suspended at many of the surrounding industrial plants. Sixty miles north of Fort McMurray, mining operations at Shell Albian Sands has been shut down; Suncor has reduced production at a facility 15 miles north of the city, the Globe reported.
Chelsie Klassen, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, told the AP that 80 percent of the oil sands are located deep underground. They can burn under certain circumstances, she said, but do so at a much slower pace.
The extradition of Romanian hacker “Guccifer” to the U.S. at a critical point in the FBI’s criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email use is “not a coincidence,” according to an intelligence source close to the case.
Former law enforcement and cyber security experts said the hacker, whose real name is Marcel Lehel Lazar, could – now that he’s in the U.S. – help the FBI make the case that Clinton’s email server was compromised by a third party, one that did not have the formal backing and resources of a foreign intelligence service such as that of Russia, China or Iran.
“Because of the proximity to Sidney Blumenthal and the activity involving Hillary’s emails, [the timing] seems to be something beyond curious,” said Ron Hosko, former assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division from 2012-2014.