Husky has more than 400 people on the ground cleaning up in Saskatchewan
Husky: We have more than 400 people on the ground cleaning up the Saskatchewan pipeline spill
July 27, 2016, 1:47 p.m.
Husky Energy says that in addition to employees it now has more than 400 people on the ground in Saskatchewan following the pipeline incident last week that spilled up to 250 cubic meters of oil into the North Saskatchewan River.
Water intakes in the cities of North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort have been shut down and measures to conserve drinking water have been put in place.
Husky chief operating officer said Wednesday mid-day that the company now has experts involved in cleanup operations on the ground.
“We realize this has impacted people, businesses and communities, and have established a toll-free line for claims. A team is standing by to help people through the process,” he said.
The Husky statement added that, “We continue to work closely with all levels of government and are actively engaging with First Nations and downstream communities.”
Here’s info from the latest update:
- Nine booms have been installed on the river to help contain the oil in place so it can be recovered. This is part of a larger strategy of containment and recovery that will take place in the days ahead.
- Water-based hydrovacs and boats are collecting oil trapped by booms.
- Surveillance by air, land and on the water continues, as well as water monitoring and sampling.
- Deterrent devices, including flagging, are being used to keep wildlife away from the shoreline.
- Husky says it continues to support the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan and its partners.
- Anyone encountering an impacted animal or bird should call Husky’s 24-hour emergency line at: 1-877-262-2111.
- A full and thorough investigation is now underway, in active cooperation with the relevant authorities. Husky says it is committed to working openly and transparently through the process.