EnCana and RCMP investigate natural gas leak in Dawson Creek B.C. region



    CALGARY, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - At about 10:00 a.m. today EnCana personnel in
the Dawson Creek, B.C. region were informed of a natural gas leak at a field
facility about 50 kilometres southeast of Dawson Creek, near the Alberta
border. EnCana immediately initiated emergency response procedures.
    The facility was quickly shut down and the leak was stopped once the line
was depressurized. The amount of gas that leaked was very small and it did not
present any danger to employees or the public. The natural gas contained a
very small percentage of hydrogen sulphide, about 0.07 percent. There were no
injuries and residents were notified of the event. There was no need for an
evacuation.
    Given the events of the past weekend when an EnCana pipeline in the
region was vandalized, the RCMP was immediately notified and commenced an
investigation as to the cause. 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 will hold a media availability at 2:30 p.m. MT today on the ground
level foyer of EnCana Place (150 - 9th Avenue S.W.)

    EnCana Corporation

    With an enterprise value of approximately US$45 billion, 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.





For further information:

For further information: EnCana Corporate Communications, Media contact:
Alan Boras, Manager, Media Relations, (403) 645-4747; Rhona DelFrari, Advisor,
Media Relations, (403) 645-4740

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