EnCana Discovers Small Gas Leak at Canadian Well Site

EnCana reported that shortly after noon on Friday, October 31, a contract worker discovered a small natural gas leak at an EnCana Corporation well site south of Dawson Creek, B.C. EnCana immediately initiated emergency response procedures and operations engineers are working to stop the leak.

The volume of natural gas leaking from the well is very small and does not present a danger to field workers, area residents or the public. Residents living near the well, located about 14 kilometers south of Dawson Creek, have been notified of the incident and there is no need for evacuation. The natural gas from this well contains a trace of hydrogen sulphide, 0.0005 to .0010 percent.

Given the two previous vandalism events earlier this month in the region, EnCana immediately contacted the RCMP and officers are at the scene investigating the cause of the leak and whether it is connected to the
previous pipeline explosions in the region. The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission has also been notified.

EnCana's primary focus is on the safety of employees, workers and the residents in and around our facilities. EnCana continues to work with the RCMP on the security measures that were implemented following the previous incidents.