EnCana discovers small natural gas leak at well site near Dawson Creek, B.C.

    CALGARY, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - Shortly after noon today, 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 kilometres 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
    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

    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.

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) 472-8828

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