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Update 2018/3/28
Oil Spill


This story is brought to you in part by Proteus Waters

By Cori Marshall

In a March 26, press release Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) announced that "our government is committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians." It went on to say that the government "enforces laws that protect Canada's air, water, and natural environment."

The announcement was in regard to the laying of "a number of charges against Husky Energy Inc. and Husky Oil Operations Limited" on March 22, 2018. The ten charges stem from the "blended heavy crude-oil spill, in July 2016, which impacted the North Saskatchewan River."

The province of Saskatchewan is filing a separate charge under the Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2010.

In July 2016 over 200 thousand litres leaked from a Husky Energy pipeline approximately 90 thousand litres made it into the waters of the River.

    "A total of ten charges which include one charge under subsection 36(3) of the federal Fisheries Act, one charge under subsection 38(5) of the federal Fisheries Act, six charges under subsection 38(6) of the federal Fisheries Act, one charge under the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, and one charge under Saskatchewan's Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2010."

    Source ECCC Press Release March 26, 2018

According to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, Husky Energy faces a "maximum charge [of] $1 million per day of offense, under the Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2010 (EMPA 2010)," should it be found guilty on all ten charges stemming from the 2016 spill.

We were also informed that "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."

The Canadian justice system operates on the presumption of innocence, ECCC and the Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency, which is responsible for the charge under the province's legislation, "will not be commenting further at this time."

The case goes to court this Thursday, March 29, the appearance will be held at the Lloydminster Provincial Court Office.


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