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Sinopec seeks appeal in oilsands death case

A Chinese state-owned corporation wants the Supreme Court of Canada to overturn a ruling that would force it to stand trial in the deaths of two oilsands workers.
Wang Tianpu, vice chairman of Sinopec is shown last year. The company is pushing to have the Supreme Court of Canada hear their side in a case involving workers who died in an accident in Alberta. (Bobby Yip/Reuters)

A Chinese state-owned corporation wants the Supreme Court of Canada to overturn a ruling that would force it to stand trial in the deaths of two oilsands workers.

Sinopec Shanghai Engineering Company is seeking leave to appeal a Nov. 23 Alberta Court of Appeal judgment that orders the company to stand trial on 53 safety charges.

Two temporary workers from China were killed in 2007 near Fort McMurray when a storage tank collapsed at Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.'s Horizon project.

In its appeal application, Sinopec Shanghai, which brought the workers to Alberta, argues it has no official presence in Canada.

It also says it was never properly served with legal documents in the case.

Canadian Natural Resources and SSEC Canada, a Sinopec subsidiary with just one employee, are to stand trial on the charges in October.

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