Husky Energy pleads guilty to two charges stemming from 2016 oil spill

Oil is seen on the North Saskatchewan river near Maidstone, Sask on Friday July 22, 2016. Husky Energy has said between 200,000 and 250,000 litres of crude oil and other material leaked into the river on Thursday from its pipeline. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Jason Franson)

Husky Energy has been fined $3.8 million and pleaded guilty Wednesday to two charges in relation to a large oil spill in west central Saskatchewan three years ago.

In July of 2016, a pipeline near Maidstone leaked oil for about seven hours until a routine maintenance check the following day.

It was estimated about 225,000 litres was spilled, about 40 percent of that ended up in the North Saskatchewan River which forced numerous communities, including North Battleford and Prince Albert to find alternative water sources.

One of the charges Husky pleaded guilty to is under the Fisheries Act, and another under the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act.

Seven other charges were dropped.

Husky says they spent over $100-million on the clean up.

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