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Workers leave oil platforms off Nova Scotia ahead of Hurricane Chris

From CBC News
The following text was excerpted from the media outlet cited on July 11, 2018 and is provided to Noia members for information purposes only. Any opinion expressed therein is neither attributable to nor endorsed by Noia.

Category 2 storm expected to track south of Nova Scotia early Thursday

ExxonMobil says it has removed some of its workers from offshore oil platforms as Hurricane Chris advances toward Atlantic Canada.

The Category 2 storm, which was about 600 kilometres off Cape Hatteras, N.C., on Wednesday, was expected to track south of Nova Scotia early Thursday before possibly making landfall in eastern Newfoundland later in the day.

ExxonMobil says an unspecified number of non-essential employees have been taken off the Sable Offshore Energy facilities, which are near Sable Island, about 300 kilometres southeast of Halifax.

BP Canada has also disconnected and moved the West Aquarius exploration drilling rig.

Environment Canada says the storm will steer clear of Nova Scotia and veer toward Newfoundland before it is downgraded to a post-tropical storm late Thursday.

Chris is expected to bring heavy rainfall and strong winds to the southeastern half of Newfoundland.

Ocean swells along the southern coast of Newfoundland are expected to reach eight metres in some areas, while the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia could also receive swells of up to four metres.

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna was supposed to visit Sable Island on Wednesday, but cancelled the trip due to the weather. McKenna is touring the East Coast to highlight the danger plastic pollution poses to ocean life.

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