Encana works to extinguish fire at BC natural gas well

By Phaedra Friend Troy

Calgary-based Encana Corporation (CSX:ENC) is working to extinguish a fire at one of its natural gas wells in British Columbia, Canada, reports Bloomberg.

The natural gas well exploded in the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 7, and crews are still working to contain the blaze.

An Encana spokesperson told Bloomberg that one person on the drilling team has sustained minor injuries.

A release of sweet gas has been reported at the wellsite located a little more than 60 miles northeast of Fort Nelson, British Columbia.

A well control team has mobilized to the site and removed the damaged drilling equipment. The team will now work to extinguish the flames and cap the well.

Encana and local regulatory group BC Oil & Gas Commission will investigate the cause of the accident.

According to media reports, this is not connected to the rash of deliberately set blazes at Encana projects in BC.

A leader in the development of unconventional natural gas, Encana is one of the largest producers of natural gas in North America. The company holds acreage in the Horn River Basin, Montney, Bighorn, Greater Sierra and Cutbank Ridge of Canada, as well as the Picenance Basin, Niobrara Shale and Haynesville Shale of the US.

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