A pipeline owned by Husky Energy Inc. broke, dumping an estimate of 250,000 liters (66,000 gallons) of heavy oil and natural gas into the North Saskatchewan River in Canada. The oil spill is located within 300 meters (1,000 feet) of the river, and is affecting numerous communities surrounding the body of water.
TTThe town of North Battleford gets its water supply from the river and was forced to shut off its river intake and switch to groundwater.
The city of Prince Albert, with a population of about 35,000, is by far the largest community affected by the spill. The city officials announced on Monday that the city’s water treatment plant was shut down and told the public that they have enough stored water to last them 48 hours, more if the residents limit their water consumption.
The province’s public works department are working on finding another way to create another pipeline from another water supply, the South Saskatchewan River.