‘Worse than oil’: Sask. farmers contend Husky downplaying repairs from salt H2O leak

The Saskatchewan tillage family who own the land where salt H2O leaked from a Husky Energy line says a association is “underplaying” a damage. 

Ken and Nick Wourms have expelled aerial photos that uncover yellowed trees and foliage in what appears to be a trail of a leak, that spilled salt H2O into a Englishman River, about 500 metres from a trickle site nearby Turtleford, Sask.

Husky orator Mel Duvall pronounced in a response to emailed questions that a company does not know how many H2O leaked, adding that contrast has not detected any hydrocarbon or salinity decay in a Englishman River. He said Husky did not discuss any repairs to farmland in a initial matter on a trickle given “some impact to foliage was to be expected.”

“In a early stages we were operative to get an comment of impacted areas,” pronounced Duvall.

But Ken pronounced a impact to his land is significant.

“We have 90-foot [30-metre], 50-year-old trees that are passed … we’ve got a whole timber of them gone,” he said.  

“That’s some of a many pristine, native, untouched, composed level wood and healthy landscape in northwestern Saskatchewan.”

He’s also endangered about intensity decay of a land by uncleaned apparatus Husky has brought onto a plantation property. 

“They’re pushing over it wherever they want, I’ve got no releases for them to [excavate] anything and during a finish of a day they’re underplaying what’s going on out there.”

Husky says concerns ‘understandable’

Duvall pronounced a association is wakeful that Wourms is endangered about a impact to his land and pronounced “that is totally understandable.”

“We’ve had a good attribute and we will continue to work closely with him on a remediation work,” pronounced Duvall in an email.

The association pronounced it had started stealing tip dirt that was infested by a salt H2O though it has halted all mine during a ask of a family, who also urged Husky not to mislay any passed trees.  

Photographs uncover yellowed trees and foliage in what appears to be a trail of a brief relocating downhill toward a river. (Nick Wourms)

Husky pronounced a H2O is being tested to establish a full chemical breakdown, though a formula are not nonetheless available. It pronounced salt H2O was obliged for a genocide of a vegetation.

Ken skeleton to sinecure an eccentric dirt dilettante to investigate how low a salt has penetrated.

His son Nick, who is in a routine of holding over the farm, took aerial photos of a site with a worker he uses for stand monitoring.

He pronounced partial of a influenced area is canola crop, while a area closest to a stream is healthy level grassland that his family has left untouched.

“It’s a large concern, generally with me perplexing to take over a family farm,” pronounced Nick.

“My relatives [are passing] it to a subsequent era that is me. My whole lifetime I’m going to have to understanding with this stuff.”

Family fears salt H2O goes deep

Both Nick and Ken fear a salt H2O has penetrated a ground deeply and will have a durability impact on dirt quality.

For them, they pronounced salt H2O is worse than oil.

Two years ago, a Husky tube nearby Maidstone, Sask. leaked about 225,000 litres of oil, about 40 per cent of that leaked into a North Saskatchewan River.Aerial photographs taken by Nick Wourms regulating a worker uncover a patch of yellowed trees and vegetation. (Nick Wourms)

“Oil is one thing, and we mean, it’s a problem, though it stays on a surface,” pronounced Nick.

“Whereas salt H2O leaches into a belligerent and it goes unequivocally deep.”

Duvall pronounced in an email Husky does not know how low into a dirt a H2O has leaked, adding that dirt from influenced areas will be private and replaced.

“Testing is underway on a soil,” pronounced Duvall.

“Our initial concentration was on contrast a stream H2O and putting measures in place to forestall serve drainage into a river.” 

The Wourms family said Husky should have told them of their devise before stealing dirt and bringing apparatus onto their property.

Wourms family wants answers about mine equipment

They pronounced a association was incompetent to answer their questions about how a apparatus was spotless to safeguard there was no probability of contamination. Husky pronounced it has asked a companies that possess a apparatus to yield that information.  

“We grow a lot of canola on a plantation and if even a small pinch of a spore of clubroot is in a dirt — a farmland that’s value $12 million now could be value dual in a matter of a integrate of years,” pronounced Nick.

“We try to take caring with cleaning a equipment, bubbling a equipment, splotch it and they ran in with all this mine apparatus though seeking us and it was lonesome in mud, it wasn’t spotless properly.”

The leaking line was used to ride salty H2O brought to aspect during a prolongation of oil. It runs between a H2O doing trickery and a ordering good west of Turtleford.

The treated H2O was on a approach to being likely of before a leak, that happened about 500 metres west of a Englishman River. The line has given been close down though a accurate plcae of a crack is still not known.The association says it does not nonetheless know how many salt H2O leaked out of a line, or when a trickle started. (Nick Wourms)

Although a trickle was detected Wednesday, Husky pronounced it does not know when it started.

Nick and Ken trust it could have started about 3 weeks ago, carrying beheld their spraying appurtenance sank into a field.

“I only insincere it was soppy in a area given of all a rains we’d been having,” he said.

The trickle occurred in a Rural Municipality of Frenchman Butte near Turtleford, that has a race only underneath 500 people, and is located 207 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon.

Husky Energy pronounced there are no reports of wildlife being affected.

Article source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/husky-salt-water-leak-saskatchewan-farm-owner-1.4756753?cmp=rss