Keeyask project moved into ‘care and maintenance’ mode as Manitoba Hydro shift change delayed

Manitoba Hydro has delayed a shift change for its workers and has moved the Keeyask project into “care and maintenance status” as a blockade continues in the area.

The blockade went up last Friday at an entrance to the site over worries that incoming employees could be carrying COVID-19.

Manitoba Hydro was in the midst of a shift rotation after 500 Hydro employees and contractors had been at the site for eight weeks and needed to be rotated out.

Care and maintenance mode means around 100 people will still be required at the site to provide security and to maintain critical camp operations.

Leaders from the Tataskweyak Cree Nation, War Lake First Nation, York Factory First Nation, and Fox Lake Cree Nation have come together to form the blockade.

Manitoba Hydro spokesperson Bruce Owen said safety has become an issue.


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