Husky back in court in June over oil spill

Regina Leader-Post - - CITY+REGION -

Court pro­ceed­ings against Husky En­ergy Ltd. re­lated to a pipe­line leak into the North Saskatchewan River have been ad­journed un­til June 21 after a brief ap­pear­ance in Lloy­d­min­ster pro­vin­cial court.

The Cal­gary-based oil and gas pro­ducer says it re­quested the ad­journ­ment on Thurs­day to have more time to re­view a to­tal of 10 charges of vi­o­lat­ing Saskatchewan and fed­eral en­vi­ron­men­tal laws.

The charges were an­nounced ear­lier this week after a 19-month joint fed­eral-pro­vin­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion. They re­sult from the July 2016 spill of 225,000 litres of di­luted heavy oil from a Husky pipe­line near Maid­stone.

About 40 per cent of the leaked crude made it into the river, caus­ing an oil plume that flowed hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres down­stream and forced the cities of North Bat­tle­ford, Prince Al­bert and Melfort to shut off their wa­ter in­takes for al­most two months.

Husky has apol­o­gized and said it ac­cepts full re­spon­si­bil­ity for the in­ci­dent. The pipe­line was al­lowed to restart in Oc­to­ber 2017.

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