Husky Energy has received the Saskatchewan government’s blessing to restart a pipeline along the North Saskatchewan River.
In July of 2016, about 225-thousand litres of heavy oil leaked into a riverbank, and according to Husky the pipeline buckled because of ground movement.
The provincial government says new measures have been taken to reduce the risk of a future leak, such as ground movement monitors, gauges to measure strain along replaced sections of pipe and thicker pipe on a sloped portion.
Husky expects to have the pipeline operating again by this weekend or Monday, but it could take anywhere from 10 to 14 days to fill the line and have things run normally.
The Ministry of Justice is still reviewing Husky’s response to the spill to determine whether charges should be laid.