Melfort mayor praised Husky for doing 'excellent' job mitigating oil spill

By Cheryl Lu
November 25, 2016 - 2:00pm

Where Prince Albert decided to conduct an independent investigation into the Husky oil spill,  Melfort mayor Rick Lang said his city was satisfied with the oil company’s response.

Lang called the oil company “excellent to work with.”

“I know that they had to be because it was something that happened in their front yard and they did everything that they could to mitigate the complications of the spill,” he said.

Melfort did not conduct its own investigation like P.A. did, because Lang said his city’s challenges during the oil spill were relatively small. The city used an old water delivery system before SaskWater took over, Lang said. During the oil spill, their surface reservoir was still able to serve the city.

Lang hoped Husky’s report would lead to “development of a better solution” so incidents like the oil spill would happen less often. And if it did happen again, it would be of a smaller degree and the city would be alerted sooner.

All Melfort’s expenses directly related to the oil spill will be paid by Husky. According to Lang, the remuneration had already started.

Lang said he wasn’t sure how much the total compensation would be.


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