[A-List] URGENT: Terror exercise to be held at NWT oil facility
mstainsby at resist.ca
Thu Apr 12 16:18:35 MDT 2007
*please forward far and wide*
Please let people know about this; northern nations and others concerned
are already formulating a response-- this is designed to intimidate
those of us who think that their plans for oil are completely insane!
This is just like the recent manual flap. Enough!
Terror exercise to be held at NWT oil facility
Updated Mon. Apr. 2 2007 6:43 PM ET
EDMONTON -- The Canadian military, law enforcement agencies and two of
the country's largest energy companies are preparing for a possible
terrorist attack on Canada's oil and gas infrastructure.
More than 200 military personnel will mass in the Northwest Territories
later this month to practise their response to a simulated attack on
major oil facilities by a fictional Edmonton-based al Qaeda sleeper
cell, said Lt.-Col. Kevin Tyler of the Yellowknife-based Joint Task
The task force is the branch of the Canadian Forces charged with
defending the Arctic.
The fake scenario involves the RCMP calling in the military for help
after an attack on oil-pumping and pipeline facilities at Norman Wells
by an "al Qaeda-type'' terrorist group, said Tyler.
"This is a small cell of two (terrorists) in Edmonton who have travelled
up to the N.W.T. who have received orders to mount an attack. They have
tried to plant some small explosive devices to try and disrupt the flow
Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) owns extensive oilfields near the town, located
west of Great Bear Lake along the Mackenzie River.
The field is served by an 870-kilometre pipeline linked to the Rainbow
Pipeline system at Zama, Alta. That pipeline, owned by Enbridge Inc.
(TSX:ENB), is designed to carry up to 30,000 barrels of oil a day.
The April 16-27 exercise, dubbed Operation Narwhal, will involve 150
primary reservists from the Maritimes operating in both Norman Wells and
Fort Simpson, N.W.T., to the south. Aurora surveillance aircraft,
Griffon helicopters and Twin Otter airplanes based in Yellowknife will
also be brought in, involving 140 support staff and air crew.
RCMP officers and emergency preparedness officials will also take part,
as will representatives from Imperial and Enbridge.
"The idea is (prevention), and if there is an attack, the idea is to
mitigate,'' said Tyler.
Two soldiers will be designated as terrorists and will play out a script
written by the exercise's management.
As part of the practice, infantry soldiers will patrol critical pieces
of infrastructure such as pumping stations to try to prevent an attack.
Soldiers will be armed, but will not be carrying live ammunition.
"The army will be out near the infrastructure, looking for terrorists
and protecting the pipeline repair group,'' Tyler said.
Imperial Oil spokesman Pius Rolheiser said the exercise is not expected
to disrupt the company's operations.
"We see this as an opportunity to test our own security systems,'' he said.
"We aren't actually going to be deploying people. It's primarily to test
our communications links with outside agencies.''
RCMP officers will be available mostly to consult with military
officials, said Sgt. Larry O'Brien in Yellowknife.
"We have people who are overseeing certain aspects of it, to say, `This
is what we would do in this case.'''
Operation Narwhal is the result of years of planning by the Arctic
Security Working Group that started in 2004, said Tyler.
It's the latest in a series of such emergency simulations. Three years
ago, the military mounted an exercise in the waters off Pangnirtung, a
Nunavut community on southeast Baffin Island, premised on a foreign
country attempting to retrieve a satellite that had fallen from orbit
into the waters of the Davis Strait.
"We have to do these exercises,'' said Tyler. "The lessons will be
applicable anywhere in Canada.''
In the contradiction lies the hope
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