Natural gas leak at Dawson Creek area well site stopped

Calgary, Alberta, (November 3, 2008) – EnCana Corporation has stopped a small natural gas leak at a well site south of Dawson Creek, B.C. Crews sealed the leak from the well bore about 8:30 p.m. Mountain Time on November 2, 2008 by injecting cement into the well.

The gas leak was discovered by a field worker shortly after noon on October 31. EnCana immediately initiated emergency response procedures. The volume of natural gas leaking from the well was very small and did not present a risk to field workers, area residents or the public. Residents living near the well, located about 14 kilometres south of Dawson Creek, were notified of the incident and there was no need for evacuation. The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission was also notified.

The well site has been turned over to the RCMP, which is conducting a criminal investigation to determine who is responsible for the explosion that damaged the wellhead and caused the leak. The RCMP is also investigating two previous explosions on pipelines in the region.

EnCana’s primary focus is on the safety of employees, workers and residents at and around our facilities. EnCana continues to work with the RCMP on the security measures that were implemented following the previous incidents. Residents near the well site have been notified that the leak has been stopped.

EnCana Corporation
EnCana is a leading North American unconventional natural gas and integrated oil company. By partnering with employees, community organizations and other businesses, EnCana contributes to the strength and sustainability of the communities where it operates. EnCana common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol ECA.


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