Operations at the SeaRose floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel are suspended, with all production wells secure, after an oil release.

 

Operations will remain suspended until a full inspection of all facilities is completed and Husky has received the support and approval of the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB).

Production was shut in at the White Rose field Thursday, November 15 due to operational safety concerns resulting from severe weather. Once conditions had returned to normal operating parameters on Friday, November 16, and safety checks were completed, the process of resuming operations commenced. The release occurred as we were in the process of resuming operations.

A remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) survey has shown the release came from a subsea flowline connection. This survey did not observe any oil at the source and, since Friday, November 16, no additional oil has been observed at the surface. The oil released Friday, November 16 had dispersed. No sheens have been observed since November 18.

An investigation into the cause is underway. We will cooperate fully with the C-NLOPB and other regulatory authorities, to ensure government, other offshore operations, and the public are kept informed.

Our focus remains the safety of our people and the environment.

Dec. 10

No sheens have been detected since November 18.
Observation flights to date: 13
ROV surveys: ongoing as weather permits
Seabirds: an oiled murre brought to the seabird cleaning centre last week died over the weekend. There are no other birds at the centre.

Dec. 6

No sheens have been detected since November 18.
Observation flights to date: 13
ROV surveys are continuing as weather permits.
An oiled murre was discovered on the supply vessel Atlantic Heron when it arrived in St. John's December 4. It is being treated at the seabird cleaning centre.

Dec. 5

No sheens have been detected since November 18.
Observation flights to date: 12
ROV surveys are continuing as weather permits.
An oiled murre was discovered on the supply vessel Atlantic Heron when it arrived in St. John's December 4. It is being treated at the seabird cleaning centre.

Dec. 4

No sheens have been detected since November 18 and no impacted wildlife observed since November 22.
Observation flights to date: 12
ROV surveys are continuing. Survey work on the South White Rose Extension (SWRX) has been completed.
Wildlife update:
Two Thick Billed Murres were released back into the wild last night from the supply vessel Atlantic Hawk about 50km outside St. John's harbour. The two had been recovered during the spill response and brought to a seabird cleaning centre for treatment and rehabilitation. A Great Black Backed Gull (non-oiled but recovered from a drill rig) continues to recover in the rehabilitation centre.

Dec. 3

No sheens have been detected since Nov 18 and no impacted wildlife observed since November 22.
Observation flights to date: 12
New: ROV surveys are continuing. Survey work on the South White Rose Extension (SWRX) has been completed.
Two murres and a Great Black Backed Gull (recovered from Henry Goodrich but not oiled) have been transferred to a long-term rehabilitation centre for further recovery.

Nov. 30

No sheens have been detected since November 18, and no impacted wildlife have been observed since November 22.

Wildlife observation surveys concluded on Wednesday, November 28 with 26 search grids completed. The search pattern was developed with input from Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Nov. 29

No sheens have been detected since November 18, and no impacted wildlife have been observed since November 22.

Wildlife observation surveys concluded on Wednesday, November 28 with 26 search grids completed. The search pattern was developed with input from Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Observation flights to date: 12
Subsea ROV surveys: Suspended due to sea states
Impacted wildlife observed: 18 birds
Recovered wildlife status: Two murres and a Great Black Backed Gull (recovered from Henry Goodrich, but not oiled) are ready for transfer to a long-term rehabilitation centre for further recovery.  

Nov. 28

Observation flights to date: 11
Vessels observing on-water: 6
Subsea ROV surveys: Ongoing
Impacted wildlife observed: 18 birds
Recovered wildlife status: Of the 18, 3 are being treated at the seabird rehabilitation centre in St. John's and 5 (3 petrels and 2 murre) are deceased; a Great Black Backed Gull recovered at the Henry Goodrich Friday, November 24 was not oiled by the release, but brought to rehabilitation centre for treatment.

Nov. 27

Observation flights to date: 11
Vessels observing on-water: 5
Subsea ROV surveys: Ongoing
Impacted wildlife observed: 18 birds
Recovered wildlife status: Of the 18, 3 are being treated at the seabird rehabilitation centre in St. John's and 5 (3 petrels and 2 murre) are deceased; a Great Black Backed Gull recovered at the Henry Goodrich Friday, November 24 was not oiled by the release, but brought to rehabilitation centre for treatment.

Nov. 26

Observation flights to date: 10
Vessels observing on-water: 5
Subsea ROV surveys: Ongoing
Impacted wildlife observed: 18 birds
Recovered wildlife status: Of the 18, 3 are being treated at the seabird rehabilitation centre in St. John's and 5 (3 petrels and 2 murre) are deceased; a Great Black Backed Gull recovered at the Henry Goodrich Friday, November 24 was not oiled by the release, but brought to rehabilitation centre for treatment.

Nov. 25

Observation flights to date: 10
Vessels observing on-water: 4
Subsea ROV surveys: Conducted from Monday, November 19 to Friday, November 23, when paused due to sea states. Expected to resume Monday, November 26.
Impacted wildlife observed: 18 birds
Recovered wildlife status: Of the 18, 3 are being treated at the seabird rehabilitation centre in St. John's and 5 (3 petrels and 2 murre) are deceased; a Great Black Backed Gull recovered at the Henry Goodrich Friday, November 24 was not oiled by the release, but brought to rehabilitation centre for treatment.

Nov. 24

Observation flights to date: 10
Vessels observing on-water: 4
Subsea ROV surveys: Conducted from Monday, November 19 to Friday, November 23, when paused due to sea states. Expected to resume Monday, November 26.
Impacted wildlife observed: 18 birds
Recovered wildlife status: Of the 18, 4 are at the seabird rehabilitation centre in St. John's and 4 (3 petrels and 1 murre) are deceased.
All captured birds will be treated at the rehabilitation centre.

Nov. 23

Observation flights to date: 10
Vessels observing on-water: 6
Subsea ROV surveys: ongoing since Monday, November 19
Impacted wildlife observed: 18 birds
Recovered wildlife status: Of the 18, 4 are at the seabird rehabilitation centre in St. John's and 4 (3 petrels and 1 murre) are deceased.
All captured birds will be treated at the rehabilitation centre.

Nov. 22

Observation flights to date: 9
Vessels observing on-water: 6
Subsea ROV surveys: ongoing since Monday, November 19
Impacted wildlife observed: 15 birds
Recovered wildlife status: Of the 15, 3 birds are being transported to shore for treatment; 2 will be treated, 1 is deceased. The 3 include a thick-billed murre, an unknown species of murre and an unidentified species. An additional 2 common murres are currently being treated at the centre.

Nov. 21

Observation flights to date: 8
Vessels observing on-water: 6
Subsea ROV surveys: ongoing since Monday, November 19
Impacted wildlife observed: 15 birds
Recovered wildlife status: Of the 15, 3 birds are being transported to shore for treatment; 2 will be treated, 1 is deceased. The 3 include a thick-billed murre, an unknown species of murre and an unidentified species. An additional 2 common murres are currently being treated at the centre.

Nov. 20

News Release: Husky Energy Provides Update on White Rose

Nov. 19

News Release: White Rose Update