07/26/2016 01:24 EDT | Updated 07/26/2016 04:00 EDT

Saskatchewan Oil Spill: Husky Knew About Leak 14 Hours Before Notifying Government

Cleanup efforts have been underway since last Thursday.

MELFORT, Sask. — It appears Husky Energy knew something was amiss with one of its oil pipelines about 14 hours before the Saskatchewan government was notified.

An incident report says Husky discovered a pipeline leak on the south shore of the North Saskatchewan River around 8 p.m. last Wednesday.

The provincial government was notified of the spill near Maidstone around 10:30 a.m. the next day.

A bird is cleaned after being caught in the Saskatchewan oil spill. (Photo: Lend A Paw Animal Rescue/Facebook)

Husky vice-president Al Pate says pipeline monitoring detected some irregularities Wednesday evening and crews were on site the next morning.

He says there will be an investigation into why it took so long, but the focus now is on cleanup.

Pate says the company is confident in its estimate that 200,000 to 250,000 litres spilled.

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