Incident in the Duvernay near Fox Creek, Alberta

Update - September 27

At approximately 1:50 P.M. specialized teams on the ground with support from our emergency response centre in Calgary, safely brought Encana’s damaged wellhead in the Duvernay under control and the flow of natural gas and condensate has been stopped.

We are fully committed to ensuring any related environmental impacts are effectively remediated. There is an environmental team on the ground assessing the area and developing a remediation plan. In addition, we are working to determine the cause of the incident in order to prevent a similar incident from happening in the future.

We want to thank the Town of Fox Creek, the Municipal District of Greenview and Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, along with other surrounding Indigenous communities, for their engagement and support through this incident. We also commend the team on the ground that have worked tirelessly to safely bring the well back under control.

Update - September 25

Over the past 24 hours the team has made significant progress as they continue to prepare the well pad for the well control operation. Construction of the second entrance to the well pad is nearing completion and two staging areas have been cleared of unnecessary equipment. The next step is to move into position the equipment needed to safely bring the well back under control.

We will continue to provide regular updates until we have regained control of the well.

Update - September 24

Encana continues to progress its response to the well control incident in the Duvernay. The team is preparing the site, removing non-essential equipment and infrastructure, so that personnel and necessary equipment have multiple safe access points to proceed with their planned well control operation.

We have started our initial environmental assessment in areas around the site that can be safely accessed. This work will continue, and we are fully committed to ensuring any related environmental impacts are effectively remediated.

We will continue to provide information on a regular basis until the situation is resolved.

Update - September 23

Our teams have been working tirelessly responding to the well control incident in the Duvernay.

Over the past 24 hours, our teams have conducted a detailed assessment, deploying a drone aircraft and specialized teams to undertake a visual inspection. The information gathered through these efforts has enabled the team to develop a plan to regain control of the damaged wellhead.

We have mobilized the equipment and resources required and are constructing a second entrance to the well pad, enabling more efficient access to the site. Today our focus is on preparing the site to ensure our teams have the space they need to safely access the wellhead.

The continued safety of everyone involved in the response is our top priority and our teams are taking steps to safely resolve this incident. Air monitoring to date has shown H2S concentrations are significantly below those that would pose a risk to human health. We will continue to closely monitor air quality until we regain control over the well.

We will continue to provide information on a regular basis until the situation is resolved.

Update - September 22, 2015

Yesterday afternoon a well head was damaged on a well pad located in a remote and unpopulated area in northern Alberta, approximately 18 km west of Fox Creek. This resulted in a well control incident and a release of natural gas and condensate.

Our first priority was to ensure the safety of all personnel. We quickly secured the area around the site and confirmed that all staff were safe and accounted for. As a further safety precaution, we established roadblocks in the vicinity to maintain a safe distance from the site of the incident. In parallel we notified relevant stakeholders and the Alberta Energy Regulator. There are no residences in the immediate area.

We quickly put air monitoring equipment in place and so far we have not detected sour gas levels that pose any risk to human health, however; we are being very cautious about the potential presence of H2S and will continue to monitor air quality until we regain control over the well. Emergency responders began arriving on site yesterday afternoon.

Our priority is bringing the well under control as safely and quickly as possible. From first light this morning, we continued to assess the well and evaluate a range of options to safely bring the well under control. All equipment and specialized responders remain on site.

September 21, 2015

This afternoon we experienced a well control incident at one of our wells located in the Duvernay, approximately 18 kilometres west of Fox Creek.

We immediately enacted our emergency response plan and, as safety a precaution, engaged directly with stakeholders in the area including the Town of Fox Creek. We have confirmed that all personnel are safe and accounted for. We are taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety of our personnel, first responders and the public.

Our priority is bringing the well under control. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

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