Company skips court

Alberta Justice hasn’t been able to find a Chinese company charged in the deaths of two foreign workers at an oilsands project.

Alberta Justice hasn’t been able to find a Chinese company charged in the deaths of two foreign workers at an oilsands project.

Chinese-government-owned Sinopec Shanghai Engineering Company Ltd. failed to appear in Fort McMurray court Monday and a judge issued a new summons for it to appear on Sept. 14.

Two Chinese Sinopec employees died in 2007 when an oil tank collapsed at Canadian Natural Resources Limited’s Horizon site.

Alberta Justice says the Crown has been unable to serve the summons on Sinopec, which closed its Calgary office and left no forwarding address.

The Crown doesn’t have the jurisdiction to serve Sinopec in China but the court could prosecute the company even it fails to appear in court in September.

Canadian Natural Resources Limited and SSEC Canada — Sinopec’s Canadian division — are also charged.

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