Provincial environment minister Dustin Duncan says an investigation into whether or not charges will be issued after a pipeline spill into the North Saskatchewan River is wrapping up.
A report on the 225,000-litre spill was handed over to the provincial Justice Ministry a year ago.
The government has taken a lot of criticism for the way it has handled documents pertaining to the July 2016 spill that saw the pipeline owned by Husky Oil spill oil into the river near Maidstone for about seven hours before it was noticed. Husky blamed the event on ground shifting. The spill resulted in places like North Battleford and Prince Albert to find alternate water sources as the oil moved downstream.
If charges are issued against Husky under the province’s environmental protection act, the company could face millions of dollars in fines.
Duncan says when the work is completed by the Justice ministry, the full findings of the investigation will be made public.
The province’s privacy commissioner has been calling on the report to be released since December 2016.