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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Oiled birds pulled from Sask oil pipeline spill site
Andrea Hill, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Photos from the wildlife rescue operation underway near where a Husky Energy pipeline leak sent 200,000 litres of oil into the North Saskatchewan River last week. Three birds completely covered in oil were rescued, although only two survived. Photos from Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation Facebook page. ORG XMIT: lI1z2datOcaRPmvSsOkw
Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation
Four birds, one fish and a frog are among the confirmed fatalities of the Husky Energy pipeline leak that sent more than 200,000 litres of oil pouring into the North Saskatchewan River near Maidstone.
Another two oil-soaked birds have been rescued from the spill site and are being cared for by volunteers in Maidstone.
Jan Shadick, who runs the Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Saskatoon, said it’s “shocking” how few oil-soaked animals have been found.
“It’s really quite hard to believe that they haven’t found anything,” Shadick said from Maidstone, where she is helping coordinate efforts to clean any rescued animals that come in.
She worries that because the river is so fast moving, birds or other animals that were coated in oil and left unable to float or swim have drowned and been swept away...
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