Nearly half of the oil that leaked from a Husky Energy pipeline in Canada late last week has been recovered.

According to Reuters, Husky Energy shut and isolated its Saskatchewan Gathering System late Thursday after the spill released fluid into the North Saskatchewan River.

A Husky Energy spokesperson told the Saskatoon StarPhoenix that the spill released an estimated 200 to 250 cubic meters of oil and diluent.

According to the Globe and Mail, at least 40 percent of the released fluid had been recovered as of Sunday.

Husky Energy said Sunday that the cleanup at the pipeline site is complete.

Five containment booms have also been put in place including two booms at the City of North Battleford, with one at the water intake, and a boom at the water intake at the City of Prince Albert.

A provincial water official told the Globe and Mail on Sunday that a supply intake at North Battleford was shut in response to the spill.

Husky said one bird died as a result of the spill and two others birds are now with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan.

The company said Sunday that water monitoring and sample testing programs remain in place.

Calgary-based Husky added that surveillance by air, ground and on the water continues and an assessment of additional booms and recovery actions is also continuing.

The cause of the spill is still being investigated.

“Discussions and coordination with all levels of government continues, including downstream communities and our neighbors,” Husky added.

According the Husky Energy’s website, the Saskatchewan Gathering System delivers heavy crude oil blend to the Lloydminster Terminal.

Diluent from the Lloydminster Terminal is received at the pumping stations and is used to blend the heavy crude before it’s pumped to the terminal.


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