Husky pipeline spill
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.