The city manager for Prince Albert, Sask., says a temporary pipeline to bolster the city’s water supply during an oil spill cleanup on the nearby North Saskatchewan River won’t be ready until Friday.
The line essentially a giant hose runs about 30 kilometres to the South Saskatchewan River, but Jim Toye says pumps to move the water are not ready.
Until that happens, the city will draw water from its retention pond, which will add an extra four to five days to the overall supply.
Prince Albert officials have said water usage has clearly gone down since restrictions were put in place earlier this week after the water treatment plant intake on the North Saskatchewan was shut down because of the arriving oil slick.
Husky Energy says it first became aware of an issue on one of its pipelines 14 hours before it notified the Saskatchewan government about the leak into the North Saskatchewan River last week.
In an update on its website, Husky says crews initially didn’t find the leak, and the company’s Husky’s emergency response plan was immediately put into effect when they spotted a sheen on the river the following day.
Husky vice-president Al Pate says there will be an investigation into why it took so long, but the focus now is on cleanup.
Focus Wildlife’s expertise is rehabilitating animals that have been some of the victims of the Husky oil spill in the North Saskatchewan River.
Founder, Chris Battaglia says the biggest problem with birds and other wildlife is the oil compromises their inner temperature because the feathers or fur are no longer a barrier on the water.
As a result, hypothermia can actually set in.
The wash process is not the first step.
First the animal needs to be stabilized.
Once the animals are healthy enough they will be released, Battaglia says, and they take their orders from the regulators as to where that will happen.
So far there haven’t been too many animals rescued from the oil spill.
Six birds or animals have died as a result of the spill and Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation reports a Canada Goose, a Great Blue Heron and a Garter Snake in their care, along with help from other rescue organizations.
(with files from The Canadian Press, CJWW)