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Canadian oil spill breaches containment boom

25 July 2016

A pipeline leak spilled 200,000 litres of oil and chemicals into the North Saskatchewan River on July 21. An oil plume is travelling down the river after the break in the Husky Energy pipeline and containment booms have been set up in several locations downstream of the spill, but one reportedly breached above the town of Prince Albert on July 23.

By July 24, authorities said they had recovered at least 40% of the oil, and that alternative water supplies had been put in place for a number of the riverside communities, including Prince Albert.

The heavy oil and diluent leaked from Husky Energy’s Saskatchewan Gathering System pipeline. Officials added that it was not immediately clear what had caused the spill.

A number of oiled birds have been reported, and some are being treated near the spill site.

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