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Husky Energy handed charges over pipeline leak

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Reuters reports that Husky Energy Inc. is facing a number of provincial and federal charges relating to a July 2016 pipeline leak that spilled oil into a river in Western Canada.

Environment and Climate Change Canada said it had laid a total of nine charges over the 1570 bbls leak from Husky’s Saskatchewan Gathering System pipeline, which forced a number of cities in the province of Saskatchewan to temporarily stop drawing drinking water from the North Saskatchewan River.

The Western Canadian province laid a tenth charge, saying Husky did “unlawfully permit the discharge of a substance to the environment that caused an adverse effect.”

The charges follow a 19 month joint federal-provincial investigation. The maximum fine under Saskatchewan’s environmental rules is CAN$1 million (US$778 938), with the federal laws allowing for fines ranging from CAN$15 000 to CAN$1 million.

Husky is expected to appear in a Saskatchewan court on Thursday.

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