EnCana contains Alberta gas well leak

Fri Oct 3, 2008 6:33pm EDT
 
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CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - EnCana Corp said on Friday it has stopped a leak of sweet natural gas at a well on a rural military training ground in southeastern Alberta.

EnCana spokesman Alan Boras said the leak occurred on Thursday at the nonoperating well while crews were working on the wellhead.

The leak was capped by midafternoon, the company said.

There were no injuries reported and the gas did not ignite. The well produces non-sulfurous sweet gas as opposed to sour gas, which can contain deadly hydrogen sulfide.

Because the well wasn't producing, EnCana could not say how much gas leaked while it was being contained.

The leak was at a well on the Suffield Canadian Forces base, a 2,700 square kilometer (1,038 square mile) area about 50 km (30 miles) north of Medicine Hat. The British Army also trains on the base.

($1=$1.08 Canadian)

(Reporting by Scott Haggett; editing by Rob Wilson)