| WINNIPEG, Manitoba, March 23
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, March 23 The western
Canadian province of Saskatchewan will review regulations and
engineering standards for pipelines around bodies of water
following a Husky Energy Inc oil spill last year into a
Husky's July 2016 spill into the North Saskatchewan River
forced the cities of Prince Albert and North Battleford to
temporarily find alternative sources of drinking
water. In total, 225 cubic meters of oil blended
with distillates leaked, with 60 percent contained on land,
Saskatchewan's ministry of economy said on Thursday.
“Since the Husky spill in July, we’ve recognized that we
need to do better when it comes to preventing incidents,” Energy
and Resources Minister Dustin Duncan said in a statement.
Pipeline safety is a sensitive issue in Canada, where Prime
Minister Justin Trudeau's government in November approved a new
Kinder Morgan Inc pipeline. Pipelines are
viewed by the oil-rich provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan as
critical to move crude to tidewater, but they have drawn fierce
opposition from environmental and indigenous groups.
On Monday, the Alberta Energy Regulator said it was
responding to a Husky crude oil spill in that province.
Saskatchewan's economy ministry said the province would
strengthen regulatory standards for pipelines around water to
deal with risks such as slope movement. It will also review the
design of existing pipelines near water. The Husky pipeline that
leaked was built in 1997.
The government concluded that a buckle in the pipeline
cracked and caused the spill due to ground movement on a slope
of land over many years, mirroring the company's earlier
The findings will now be reviewed by Saskatchewan justice
officials for possible charges against Husky, government
spokeswoman Karen Hill said. A Husky spokesman could not
immediately be reached.
In its 2017/18 budget, released on Wednesday, Saskatchewan
said it would hire more inspectors for the oil and gas industry.
(Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Editing by