Canadian premier 'not satisfied' with Husky spill response

Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:13pm EDT
 
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By Rod Nickel

(Reuters) - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said on Wednesday he was not satisfied with Husky Energy Inc's emergency response to an oil spill into a river that supplies drinking water, and said the western Canadian province needed to consider ways to avoid a recurrence.

The spill of 1,572 barrels of oil from a Husky pipeline into the North Saskatchewan River started late on July 20, but flows were not shut down until the following morning, the company said on Tuesday.

"No, I’m not satisfied, I don’t think anybody should be," Wall told reporters in Regina. "I don’t think Husky’s satisfied -- they better not be."

Even so, Wall said he was not aware of any "egregious error or misjudgment" by Husky, other than the delay in responding to the spill.

Husky spokespersons could not be immediately reached for comment.

Asked whether Saskatchewan should take steps to prevent future spills, such as requiring pipelines to be doubled up near rivers, Wall suggested he was open to considering them.

"That should all be on the table."

The cities of Prince Albert and North Battleford have stopped drawing drinking water from the river, and are using other sources temporarily.   Continued...