Husky given OK to restart pipeline that leaked oil into Sask. River

The pipeline that leaked about 225,000 litres of oil, some of which got into the North Saskatchewan River, has been given the go-ahead to resume operations.

Husky will be required to submit weekly data from strain gauges installed on the pipeline

Husky has been given the go-ahead to resume operations on the pipeline which leaked 225,000 litres of oil more than a year ago. (CBC)

The Saskatchewan government has given Husky Energy the OK to restart a pipeline after a major oil spill along the North Saskatchewan River in July 2016.

The government said in an email to media that testing, inspection and evaluation of the repairs to the line have been done.

A Husky spokesperson said the company is looking to restart operations by this weekend or Monday. It will take anywhere from 10 to 14 days to fill the pipeline and have things flowing normally.

The pipeline leaked 225,000 litres of heavy oil mixed with diluent onto a riverbank near Maidstone, Sask. About 40 per cent of the spill reached the river.

Husky's own investigation concluded that the pipeline buckled because of ground movement.

The government says measures have been taken to mitigate the risk of a future failure at that spot, including thicker pipe on a sloped portion, ground movement monitors and gauges to measure strain along the replaced sections of pipe.

Saskatchewan's Justice Ministry is still reviewing Husky's response to alarms before the spill to decide whether charges should be laid.

With files from CBC Saskatchewan