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'This river has taken a beating': James Smith Cree Nation has serious concerns after Husky pipeline spill


More than a month after the Husky Energy oil spill, people living on the James Smith Cree Nation have serious concerns about water safety in the Saskatchewan River.

"This river has taken a beating," said Alvin Moostoos. "We can't let oil spills interfere with what we have here. The river has brought life to the community. We fish out of it. Spend time with family. It's worth protecting."

The James Smith Cree Nation is located about 60 kilometres east of Prince Albert, Sask., and is downstream from where the North and South Saskatchewan Rivers meet. After the Husky Energy oil spill on July 21, the reserve's chief, Wally Burns, said oil has flowed into the Saskatchewan River to the shores of his community. However, the reserve is still waiting for the oil company to acknowledge the oil in the river is connected to its spill.


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