July 26 situation update on Husky oil spill:
July 26, 2016 - Environment and Climate Change Canada has confirmed there is presence of subsurface oil in the river as well as impacts along the shoreline, which will require further assessment and clean-up operations.
Booms are being redeployed where impacts are seen along the river as the plume moves downstream. Cleanup activities at the spill site continue, but weather conditions over the next few days are expected to include non-severe scattered thunderstorms, which may impact cleanup.
Focus Wildlife has set up operations at the leak site to assist in wildlife rehabilitation. Anyone encountering an impacted animal or bird should call Husky’s 24-hour emergency line at: 1-877-262-2111.
A precautionary drinking water advisory has been issued for the City of Melfort, Village of Beatty, Town of Kinistino, Village of Weldon, Town of Star City. Communities along the North Saskatchewan River have been instructed to be at their full level of water storage. City of North Battleford (Official) and City of Prince Albert are continuing efforts to limit water use in the community. All health facilities in North Battleford, Prince Albert, and Melfort expect to maintain their critical functions.
Saskatchewan Environment has contacted rural municipalities that have livestock producers downstream from the oil spill that use the river as a water source. Saskatchewan Agriculture is working with affected producers to assist them in finding alternate pasture of water sources where required.