Husky facing 10 spill charges

By Geoff Lee

March 26, 2018 1:56 PM

Husky Energy is scheduled to appear in Lloydminster provincial court on March 29, facing 10 charges stemming from the spill of 225,000 litres of oil from a pipeline near Maidstone in July of 2016.
The company faces one charge under the provincial Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2010, as well as nine other charges under federal legislation.
Environment and Climate Change Canada laid nine charges against Husky on March 22, eight under the federal Fisheries Act and one under the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act.
The total charges result from a 19-month joint federal-provincial investigation.
The provincial EMPA charge alleges that Husky did “unlawfully permit the discharge of a substance to the environment that caused an adverse effect.”
The maximum fine for the EMPA charge is $1 million.
Husky said it will take some time to fully review the charges before responding, but is accepting full responsibility for the incident.
The spill forced a number of cities in the province of Saskatchewan downstream from the leak to temporarily stop drawing drinking water from the North Saskatchewan River.
“We deeply regret this happened and we are sorry for the impact it had,” said Husky spokesperson Mel Duvall in an email.
“We have worked hard every day since to make things right and we have learned from it.”
The investigation report led by the Ministry of Energy and Resources will not be released until all prosecution processes and any appeals have been concluded.
As this matter is now before the courts, the Government of Saskatchewan will not be providing further comment at this time.
Husky pegged the cost of the cleanup at $107 million seven months after the spill.
“We do want to thank the cities, communities, Indigenous peoples and government for their support and understanding throughout,” he said.
“It allowed us to forge stronger relationships with the communities in the region and we plan to build on those relationships.”

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