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Husky Oil officials say they have sophisticated monitoring equipment to detect pipeline leaks.

Vice President Al Pate says that was in place and working last week when a pipeline ruptured near Maidstone, dumping about 250,000 litres of heavy oil into the North Saskatchewan River.

According to a report Husky filed with the Saskatchewan government, the monitoring equipment signaled a problem last Wednesday night, but it was not until Thursday morning that Husky had crews on site and knew there was a leak.

Al Pate says Husky will provide a more detailed response at a later date.

“Again — I’m not going to speculate on that,” said Pate. “We’re going to do an investigation. We’re going to learn from this investigation and we are going to use that in our future activities going forward.”

Pate says the focus right now is on clean up and monitoring.

During a conference call with reporters, Pate repeated that Husky will take full responsibility and will make it right.