“There has been some additional water-oil mixture that was skimmed off the surface overnight. So now there is a total of 145 cubic metres (145,000 litres) of oily water mix, but that’s not just oil,” said Wes Kotyk, with the Ministry of Environment.
As far as wildlife being affected, Kotyk says they have identified four birds, three fish and one frog that have died as a result of the spill, but are closely monitoring the situation.
Water valves have been shut off to North Battleford and Prince Albert, while Melfort and surrounding communities in Saskatchewan’s southeast have issued a precautionary boil-water advisory.
Workers from Environment and Climate Change Canada are also on site taking samples and sending them off for testing.
Husky Energy says the initial report of an issue with the pipeline came in on Wednesday night, but crews didn’t make it out to the site to shut off the valve until Thursday morning, at least 12 hours later.
Al Pate, Vice President of Exploration and Production Services at Husky Energy is overseeing the spill and says they’re launching an investigation into the slow response time.
“There will be a very full and comprehensive investigation that will deal with timing and those issues, but right now we’re focused on the response.”
Pate says residents affected by the spill can make claims by calling Husky’s hotline at 1-844-461-7991.