Seems there’s a discrepancy in the timeline of a pipeline leak that sent 250-thousand litres of blended crude into the North Saskatchewan River.
Earlier this week, Husky Energy said the leak was found at 8 p-m on Wednesday, July 20th and the provincial government was notified 14 hours later.
However, a new report sent to the province states the breach was discovered at 10 a-m on Thursday, July 21st — and the provincial government notified 30 minutes later.
Husky Energy has clarified they detected “pressure anomalies” in their pipeline but did not detect a leak Wednesday night.
A statement released by Husky Energy said plans were made to fly over the pipeline as soon as there was enough daylight, and the shutdown procedure on the pipeline began Thursday morning, July 21, as a precaution.
The leak was apparently discovered Thursday morning when a sheen was noticed on the river, at which point an emergency plan was placed into action.
An exact time of the leak has not been pinpointed.
The inconsistencies between the initial statements and the recently released report, shows a 14 hour difference between version of events.
“I don’t have specific details on Wednesday night activities,” Husky executive Al Pate said to reporters during a conference call on July 26. “When the reports came in early Thursday morning, that’s when crews were deployed,” he said.
“There’s going to be a full and comprehensive investigation,” said Pate.
Approximately 200,000 and 250,000 litres of heavy oil mixed with diluent entered the North Saskatchewan River from the spill.
A government official says the province will not comment on the change until a full report into the spill is complete.
The Water Security Agency is working alongside the communities of Prince Albert, North Battleford and Melfort to help provide drinking water to their residents.
Prince Albert should have their temporary pipeline from the South Saskatchewan River in place by Friday and are looking and bringing in additional water from the Little Red River.
Melfort meanwhile is working to optimize water treatment and that is progressing well.
In North Battleford, Sam Ferris with the Water Security Agency says they are working on short and long term plans. “Treated water levels in North Battleford reservoirs generally continue to be in good condition as of Wednesday morning. Certainly water conservation remains essential. Work to arrange both short, medium and long term source water supply continues.”
To date 14 animals have died as a result of the spill and five more are receiving treatment. Most of them birds.
The company says the section of pipeline that failed was installed in 1997 and is not part of the new construction.