Officials confirm EnCana gas leak caused by explosion

Photo: Corporal Dan Moskaluk addresses reporters on the recent explosion near Dawson Creek- Adam Reaburn/


The RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team is confirming that the latest EnCana natural gas leak was caused by an explosion.

Officials are considering this the fifth in a series of attacks that have occurred at EnCana sites in North Eastern BC during 2008 and earlier this year.

The explosion happened on July 1st at a well site, located about 8km south of Dawson Creek in a remote area.

Shortly after 8am on Wednesday morning, an EnCana staff member was doing a routine check and noticed a well head had been disturbed. After closer inspection he noticed a small leak and found the leak had started shortly after 2am Wednesday morning.

Work is continuing on stabilizing and sealing the well head at the site. Full forensic and post blast examination will be conducted once that is complete.

Corporal Dan Moskaluk says there is no immediate danger to the public regarding the gas leak at the site.

The four bombings between last October and January all targeted EnCana facilities near Toms Lake, BC. No injuries have been reported from any of the bombings so far. Back in January of this year EnCana offered a $500,000 reward for any tips leading to a conviction in the case. That reward remains in place.

This map shows the approximate location of the attacks.   

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