UPGRADE 2-Husky shuts pipeline indefinitely after Canadian oil spill

<articleLocation” > Husky Energy Inc has indefinitely closed a pipeline that dripped oil into a major Canadian river, a company official stated on Monday, as the spill required a 2nd city to stop drawing drinking water. Heavy oil and diluent leaked from a 19-year-old pipeline in Husky’s Saskatchewan Event System on Thursday, flowing into the North Saskatchewan River, which provides water to a number of communities in the western Canadian province. The northern part of the system will stay down until Husky has actually “handled the crisis at hand,” stated Husky executive Al Pate, including the company was “deeply sorry.” Canada’s federal environment department is examining the event, said spokeswoman Lo Cheng. The oil reached Prince Albert, population 35,000, hours earlier than expected on Monday, expanding the impact and expense of the spill. Workers there raced to extend a 30-kilometre (19-mile) hose pipe to draw drinking water from another source. A shine showed up on the river in the early morning, spurring the city to shut its water treatment plant consumption, said city supervisor Jim Toye. It has 2 days worth of kept water prior to it need to discover another source.

” We thought we had more time,” Toye said in an interview. “We (will) really hit the wall after 2 days.” Less than half of the 1,572 leaked barrels of oil had actually been recovered as of Monday, Saskatchewan environment official Wes Kotyk said. Upstream of Prince Albert, the city of North Battleford stopped drawing drinking water from the river last week.

As soon as Prince Albert’s stored water is tired, it wishes to use rainfall gathered in a retention pond, buying itself four more days, Toye said. After that it would depend on water from a 12-inch (30 centimeter) size tube to the South Saskatchewan River, running along a highway. Farms beyond Prince Albert that rely on city water have had supplies cut off. “It’s a real problem. And for some it could become a genuine health problem,” said farmer Larry Fladager. “Can’t drink, can’t shower, can’t clean your clothes.”

Prince Albert’s water strategy covers two months, but Toye stated its supply might be strained longer. The expense will run into millions of dollars and the city is “very disappointed” by minimal interaction and help from Husky, Toye stated. Pate said Husky remains in everyday contact with communities and would cover unspecified expenses. He declined to say how the spill has affected production. (Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with additional reporting by Nia Williams in Calgary; Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson).

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