EnCana crews stop leak at bomb-damaged wellhead

Mon Nov 3, 2008 12:57pm EST
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Repair crews have sealed the leak at a wellhead in northeast British Columbia that was sabotaged in the third bombing of a natural gas facility in the region in less than a month, EnCana Corp said on Monday.

Police are still investigating the explosions near the communities of Dawson Creek and Tomslake, which may be linked to a letter sent to the area's news media last month calling on the energy industry to leave the region.

No one has yet been charged.

EnCana said its crews were able to stop the small leak on Sunday evening by injecting cement into the well. The amount of toxic sour gas that had escaped was small and did not pose a threat the public, the company said.

The well was damaged by an explosion on Thursday, although the damage was not discovered until Friday.

No injuries have been reported in any of the explosions. The first two incidents involved sour gas pipelines, one of which also suffered a small leak.

Investigators have speculated that the saboteur lives in the area because the explosions all happened in the middle of the night and at facilities in remote rural sites that would take local knowledge to locate.

(Reporting Allan Dowd, editing by Rob Wilson)