July 29 Situation update on Husky oil spill:
July 29, 2016 - Provincial officials continue to work with Environment and Climate Change Canada, Husky Energy, and affected communities along the North Saskatchewan River.
Water sampling and environmental monitoring continues to be a priority. There is now a total of 62 boats in use conducting water sampling, shoreline assessments, cleanup and containment, and looking for impacted wildlife.
The surface oil sheen has continued downstream from the City of Prince Albert. No sheen has been reported past the Codette Reservoir. The north shore between the point of entry and Highway 21 was preliminarily assessed and found as having no visible oil and not requiring clean-up.
The precautionary drinking water advisories for the City of Melfort and theTown of Star City have been lifted. For detailed information on water advisories, visit https://www.wsask.ca/advisories or contact your local municipal office.
There is a temporary water pipeline being constructed to transport water from the South Saskatchewan River to the Prince Albert water treatment facility. Once built, the city will have a stable supply of water supplemented by another line to the Little Red River.
There have been 28 wildlife mortalities in total, which is a combination of birds, fish and other wildlife, and 11 wildlife in recovery. Anyone encountering an impacted animal or bird should call Husky's 24-hour emergency line at: 1-877-262-2111.
If you require further information on the provincial response, please contact the Provincial Help Line at 1-844-407-0077.