Husky cleared to restart pipeline in Saskatchewan
The Saskatchewan government has cleared Husky Energy to restart the pipeline that leaked into the North Saskatchewan River in the summer of 2016.
A geotechnical report prepared by Stantec blamed heavy rains, poor drainage and a weak clay foundation for ground movement that caused the pipe to buckle. The rupture was approximately 15 inches in length. The company has accepted responsibility for the incident and is hoping to learn from the experience to improve operations.
The government says additional precautions have been taken to reduce the risk of another failure at the same spot, including increasing the wall thickness of the pipeline and monitoring any ground movement.
Saskatchewan's Justice Ministry has yet to decide if any charges will be laid.