All but 5 samples from Sask. oil spill meet guidelines for drinking water

By Sarah Mills
August 3, 2016 - 12:34pm

Husky Energy has released the findings of water samples taken from the North Saskatchewan River showing that the vast majority are within guidelines for drinking water.

There were 1000 samples taken at 60 locations starting from the spill site and going downstream 385 kilometres to Prince Albert. The samples were taken at various depths, including the top of the water and down to the bottom. The sheen and foam is also being tested.

Results from 900 of those samples show the primary indicators of oil exceeded acceptable drinking water guidelines in five samples within a 20 km radius of the spill site. It is not to say that the other 895 samples don't show trace amounts of the oil from the spill, but the amount does not exceed safe drinking water guidelines.

Oil indicators include: enzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, xylenes (BTEX), total hydrocarbon fractions (F1-F4) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Nothing exceeding drinking water guidelines have been detected in samples taken after July 24, including water intakes for North Battleford and Prince Albert or in samples taken from agricultural water.

Husky confirms further water testing is being conducted. The Saskatchewan Water Security Agency is also doing its own independent testing.

Check back for updates on this developing story.


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