Wapiti Valley, Saskatchewan. Photo courtesy of Enns Kivin, Facebook
There is a little good news on the oil cleanup front in Saskatchewan today.
Water from an old reservoir that is now being sourced as drinking water has been declared safe, which ended a drinking water advisory in Melfort.
In North Battleford, arrangements are being made to hook into the Battleford’s water treatment plant to keep the water flowing.
Meanwhile, in Prince Albert, two makeshift pipelines sourcing water from the South Saskatchewan River and the nearby Spruce River are almost complete.
The reservoir on the Muskoday First Nation is now full. Duane McKay, the province’s commissioner of emergency management says water is being trucked in.
“As long as tanker operations can continue, and be supported — as I mentioned, from One Arrow (First Nation), Hoey and Wakaw — they should be in pretty good shape,” he said.
Husky has also resubmitted its incident report to the government. In this report, the company says the 250-thousand litre spill was spotted on the North Saskatchewan River on Thursday, July 21st at 10:00 am. The company’s first report said the spill was detected the previous night at about 8:00 pm — 14 hours earlier.
Laurie Pushor, the province’s deputy minister of the economy says timelines will be part of a broader investigation.
Meantime, there are unconfirmed reports today that parts of the spill have now reached Codette Lake near Nipawin.