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Husky Energy gives Saskatchewan First Nation compensation for oil spill

Husky spokesman Mel Duvall says the James Smith Cree Nation has been given money, but he wouldn't say how much. File / Global News

A Saskatchewan First Nation has received compensation from Husky Energy due to damage from its oil spill in July.

Husky spokesman Mel Duvall said the James Smith Cree Nation has been given money, but he wouldn’t say how much.

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Duvall said Husky (TSX:HSE) had oil-sniffing dogs working last week along the North Saskatchewan River and they did find evidence of oil.

The First Nation, about 60 kilometres east of Prince Albert, had ordered residents to not swim, hunt, fish or gather along the Saskatchewan river after oil showed up on Aug. 21.

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Up to 250,000 litres of oil mixed with a lighter hydrocarbon was detected leaking from Husky’s pipeline into the river near Maidstone, Sask., on July 21.

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Several cities which take their drinking water from the river were told two weeks ago that water from the river was safe to use.

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