The government of Saskatchewan addressed the latest regarding the legal issues with Husky Energy following Question Period Monday.
Husky Energy is facing 10 different charges, nine federally issued and one provincially under the Environental Management and Protection Act, after 225 thousand litres of oil spilled from a pipeline near Maidstone, with a great amount entering the North Saskatchewan River in 2016.
Environment Minister Dustin Duncan says a potential fine of a million dollars and the litany of charges Husky’s facing shows just how seriously the province is taking the spill.
“We take this very seriously; there, to my knowledge, hasn’t been a charge with respect to the unintended release of oil from a pipeline in the province’s history.”
However, the Saskatchewan NDP are demanding the provincial government release a report on the oil spill.
Cathy Sproule says there’s no excuse for the government to not release the inspectors report on the spill.
“We’ve waited a long time, this is people’s water that’s at risk, this is public accountability, and you know, and we know, that the privacy commissioner has said there was absolutely no reason for them to release it a year ago, so every day that goes by, it’s another day that the public is not getting all of the facts.”
For their part, Minister Bronwyn Eyre says the report has been forwarded to the public prosecution to see if it will be part of their case against Husky.