Oil from Husky Energy pipeline spill into North Saskatchewan River. Photo: Shelley Essaunce
By Daniel Cayley-Daoust and Emma Lui, published in the Regina Leader-Post, July 29, 2016
As we write this, more than 200,000 litres of heavy oil mixed with diluents is flowing uncontrollably down the North Saskatchewan River. It has already forced three cities to close their drinking water intakes and is impacting First Nations in Treaty 6 territory. Prince Albert plans to restrict water use for up to two months and has been forced to draw water from the South Saskatchewan river 30 kilometres away — a river that is already over-extracted.