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Vessel spills 250,000 litres of crude oil off Newfoundland

Published: November 17, 2018
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Source: cbc.ca

An oil spill off the coast of Newfoundland caused an estimated 250,000 litres of crude to leak into the ocean, Husky Energy said Friday. 

The leak, from a flowline to the SeaRose FPSO, a vessel stationed about 350 kilometres off the Newfoundland coast, happened around mid-day on Friday in the White Rose field while crews were preparing to restart production.

Operations had been halted Thursday due to high winds and rough seas.

Oil extraction remains suspended as the cause of the spill is investigated, but ocean swells of up to seven metres are preventing any underwater examination, Husky spokesperson Colleen McConnell said. 

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An explosion at a Husky Energy refinery in Wisconsin yesterday injured at least 20 people before the fire was put out, media report. Residents of Superior have been encouraged to remain outside their homes after the evacuation for another couple of hours. The explosion occurred in midmorning yesterday and prompted the immediate evacuation of the local residents. The state of emergency declared by the Superior authorities will remain in place overnight as will the evacuation order, the local police said in a tweet. Local residents are already going back to their homes, despite the order. The injured have been taken to hospitals and, according to a statement from Husky Energy, all are in stable condition.

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