Husky pipe­line spill

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ON JULY 21, A HUSKY EN­ERGY PIPE­LINE

car­ry­ing oil and dilu­ent through western Saskatchewan leaked near the town of Maid­stone, spilling about 225,000 liters of fluid into the North Saskatchewan River, a cru­cial source of fresh wa­ter for com­mu­ni­ties along the wa­ter­way. The fail­ure had cost the com­pany $90 mil­lion in re­me­di­a­tion by the end of Septem­ber, in­clud­ing pay­outs to at least one Saskatchewan First Na­tion. Be­sides the ob­vi­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age and gross in­con­ve­nience to area res­i­dents, the spill was also sig­nif­i­cant for its poor tim­ing. It came amid a high sea­son for heated rhetoric be­tween in­dus­try and en­vi­ron­men­tal groups over build­ing new en­ergy pipe­lines in Canada. Pub­lic mis­trust of the Na­tional En­ergy Board’s cred­i­bil­ity on reg­u­lat­ing pipe­lines was at an all-time high, pro­test­ers in nearby North Dakota were gain­ing strength against the Dakota Ac­cess pipe­line, and the Cana­dian govern­ment was only few short months away from de­cid­ing whether or not to ap­prove the ex­pan­sion of Kinder Mor­gan’s Trans Moun­tain pipe­line from Ed­mon­ton to Van­cou­ver.

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