Briefs include: Yellowknifer wins thousands in hockey POOLS lottery, Wood Buffalo RCMP seize pickup truck after Suncor hit and run fatality, ConocoPhillips given green light for Sahtu fracking expansion.
Yellowknifer wins thousands in hockey POOLS lottery
Yellowknife resident Jose Tolentino is more than $12,000 richer after he correctly predicted all 11 outcomes of the NHL hockey games on his POOLS lottery ticket. Tolentino purchased the $5 sports lottery card early on in the NHL season and after sitting down to watch the last hockey game in late February, learned he had won, but didn’t know how much. It wasn’t until he brought the ticket to the store where he had originally purchased it in Yellowknife that he found out his winnings totalled $12,162. The lucky Yellowknife man said he plans to share the money with his family and pay down some bills.l
Wood Buffalo RCMP seize pickup truck after Suncor hit and run fatality
A tip to Wood Buffalo RCMP led officers to seize a suspicious pickup truck in Fort McMurray hours after a man was killed by a hit and run vehicle near the Suncor oilsands facility. RCMP were on scene shortly after the incident, which occurred early Friday morning. Officers conducting an investigation into the incident shut down an area of Hwy. 63 where the hit and run took place. The highway was later reopened to traffic and officers responding to a tip seized a pickup truck in the Fort McMurray area. A man is currently being questioned as a person of interest. The male pedestrian killed has yet to be identified.
ConocoPhillips given green light for Sahtu fracking expansion
Oil company ConocoPhillips has been approved by the Sahtu Land and Water Board to expand its fracking operation in the Sahtu near Norman Wells, currently the only horizontal hydraulic fracturing project in the NWT. The board’s approval includes authorization to take an additional 9,000 cubic metres of water per year from the Mackenzie River as well as store 488,000 litres of fuel on site. The approval comes shortly after an announcement from ConocoPhillips that it will be applying to frack 10 more wells in the Sahtu over the next five years despite numerous safety incidents that occurred during its winter drilling operations, including freshwater spills and wastewater truck accidents.