UPDATE: Oil spill posing no immediate danger

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July 22, 2016 10:35 AM

A streak of oil and other realted debris flows with the North Saskatchewan River

Husky Energy detected an oil spill approximately 30 km east of Lloydminster where the North Saskatchewan River crosses Highway 21.
Indeed, an oily sheen, with numerous, heavy gobs of what appeared to be a heavy oil mass, could be seen Thursday flowing east with the river towards Maidstone, Sask., the nearest town to the leak.
Husky officials said they shut the pipeline —a line running from the company’s heavy oil operation to processing facilities in Lloydminster—on its Saskatchewan Gathering System, isolating and halting the release.
The pipeline transports blended heavy oil and diluent (a thinning agent) and the total amount spilled is estimated at 200 to 250 cubic meters, or about 200,000 to 250,000 litres.
“Cleanup crews and equipment were immediately deployed to the site and response actions have been taken,” said Mel Duvall, media and issues manager for Husky, in an emailed statement.
“Berms are in place at the site and containment booms have been deployed along the river, air and shoreline surveillance is under way and a water monitoring and sample testing program is in place.”
A second berm is in place further downstream near Paynton, Sask.
Communities and neighbours downstream from the spill have been notified and Husky is working closely with the appropriate government and regulatory authorities, Duvall said.
No water advisories have been issued.
Duvall did say air and shoreline surveillance is under way and a water monitoring and sample testing program is in place.
“Downstream communities and neighbours have been notified and we are working closely with the appropriate government and regulatory authorities,” he said, noting Husky’s main focus remains the safety of the public and the protection of the environment.
An environmental protection officer from the province is also at the site, and no water advisories have been issued.
Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.

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