An oil spill was discovered Thursday in the North Saskatchewan River in Canada, caused by failure of a pipeline owned by Husky Energy. The pipeline that leaked 1,570 barrels of oil transports heavy oil and diluent, which helps the oil flow, and is part of Husky’s Saskatchewan gathering system.
"A sheen was observed on the North Saskatchewan River," Spokesman for Husky Energy Mel Duvall said. "Husky immediately deployed spill response equipment and crews to commence clean up, recovery and water sampling."
The energy company shut down the pipeline and has oil recovery efforts underway, using berms to contain the spill. Further, Husky Energy said it is working closely with authorities and area municipalities.
Water sources are being monitored as the North Saskatchewan River provides drinking water to communities downstream. The City of North Battleford is taking precautionary measures by filling up water reservoirs and the water tower, according to a city statement.
The company will provide more details as the investigation to the leak proceeds.