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Husky restarts production at another drill centre following November oil spill

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Husky Energy has restarted production at its southern drill centre in the White Rose oil field off Newfoundland following a major oil spill last fall that halted all operations.

The company said Wednesday production began after leak testing in accordance with the plan approved by the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board.

Another drill centre at the site restarted production in January.

Husky has been working to resume production after a November incident that saw 250,000 litres of oil leaked into the ocean, making it the largest oil spill in the history of the province's offshore industry.

The faulty flowline connector believed to be responsible was retrieved earlier this year.

A petroleum board spokesperson said the regulator's investigation into the November oil spill is ongoing, though it's too early to say when a report will be made public.

A Husky spokesperson said the company has set the end of July as a target to have all drill centres in the oil field up and running, pending the petroleum board's full approval of the plan.

The Canadian Press

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