Blackfalds RCMP respond to threat at NOVA Chemicals

Blackfalds RCMP responded to a threat at the Joffre, Alta. NOVA Chemicals site on Thursday, March 28. SMimg

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A threat directed at the NOVA Chemicals Plant in the Joffre, Alta. area caught the attention of Blackfalds RCMP.

RCMP did not specify what the threat was, but as of Friday, said there was no safety risk to either employees of the plant or the general public.

Police became aware of the threat on Thursday, March 28, 2019. As per a release, they took action to determine the validity of the threat and ensure safety to employees and area residents, adding the  “RCMP take matters such as this very seriously.”

Resources were put into place until they confirmed the property was safe.

NOVA Chemicals said threats had also been made at their corporate office building in downtown Calgary. The office was fully evacuated but was later determined as safe by Calgary Police.

“The safety and wellbeing of our employees, the community and the environment are essential to NOVA Chemicals and we are grateful for the support of the RCMP and local law enforcement in bringing this phase of the investigation to a close,” NOVA Chemicals said in a release issued Saturday, saying they would not comment further as the investigation into the original threat is ongoing.

Updates will be released as they become available.

NOVA Chemicals’ Joffre site, located approximately 20 kilometres northeast of Red Deer in Lacombe County, and is among the largest ethylene and polyethylene production complexes in the world. The site itself has five different manufacturing facilities, with three dedicated to ethylene production, and two for polyethylene production.