Saskatchewan’s Ministry of the Economy is defending its pipeline oversight in the wake of a spill into the North Saskatchewan River, saying it has been working for many years to strengthen regulations.
Prince Albert and North Battleford both closed their water intakes after the Husky pipeline leak spilled up to 250-thousand litres of mixed oil into the river near Maidstone.
Deputy minister of the economy Laurie Pushor says a new operating system that provides for online reporting has been up and running since October.
A new line to North Battleford could be operating by Sunday or Monday.
In the meantime, Prince Albert has lifted some emergency water restrictions put in place after the oil spill.
Car washes, laundromats and other businesses in Prince Albert which shut down after the spill two weeks ago can reopen, because temporary water sources are working.
But the city’s director of community services, Jody Boulet, says a popular water slide park will stay closed for now.
A Husky pipeline leak detected July 21st spilled thousands of litres of oil into the North Saskatchewan River near Maidstone.
(with files from The Canadian Press)