Encana receives top honours for responsible Canadian energy development

President's Award conferred on the merits of three diverse projects

Calgary, Alberta (March 21, 2013) - Encana Corporation (TSX, NYSE: ECA) has received the President's Award in the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers' 2013 Responsible Canadian Energy Awards. The President's Award is presented to energy companies for activities that demonstrate exceptional environmental, health and safety or social performance.

Although historically awarded based on the environmental, health and safety and social performance of a single project, this year's President's Award was presented on the merits of three distinct initiatives from across Encana's operations. The prize-winning projects consist of Encana's Responsible Products Program, used to manage the chemical additives used in hydraulic fracturing; the Race Against Hunger food drive partnership which generated impressive cash and food donations in Alberta and British Columbia; and the creation of a waste reduction and recycling program in British Columbia's Horn River Basin

"We are extremely proud to have received this year's President's Award, which we believe reflects our commitment to continuous improvement," said Mike McAllister, Executive Vice-President & President, Canadian Division. "Responsible development is a key component of our business model throughout our operations and it's important that we as an industry continue to improve our performance in that regard. These types of initiatives help support our business, improve our relationships with important stakeholders and help continually raise the bar on our environmental, safety and social performance."

Responsible Products Program

To proactively address stakeholder concerns, Encana implemented the company-wide Responsible Products Program to manage the chemical additives used in hydraulic fracturing. Developed in conjunction with third-party toxicologists, this program allows Encana to make thorough, objective and accurate assessments of its hydraulic fracturing fluid systems for potential impacts to human health or the environment using widely-accepted toxicological criteria. Encana then identifies any required operational controls to allow for the responsible use of the additives or eliminate them from use entirely. The program has been shared with CAPP in support of the Fracturing Fluid Additive Risk Assessment and Management operating practice.

Race Against Hunger

Encana's support of rural lifestyles has a long tradition with the organization, with preservation of Encana's Western Canadian heritage directed by both formal and grassroots initiatives. This was the premise for developing the Race Against Hunger program, a partnership between Encana and the World Professional Chuckwagon Association that benefits local food banks in Encana's operating areas in Alberta and British Columbia. Now in its third year, the Race Against Hunger has received overwhelming support from local businesses and community members, raising more than $100,000 and almost 12,000 pounds of food in 2012.

Horn River Recycling Program

In 2009, in an effort to reduce the amount of material being diverted to local landfills, Encana began a waste reduction program in its work camps located in northeastern British Columbia's Horn River Basin. Recyclables were collected at the camps and stored in 50-foot trailers before being transported to the town of Fort Nelson and donated to local community groups. These groups were then able to sort the material and return containers to receive the refunded deposits.

By 2011, it had become difficult to find groups able to sort an entire trailer of material. In 2012, in order to address this challenge, Encana and The Northern Rockies Social Planning Council created a sorting facility where individuals with barriers to employment, fundraising groups and others in need are able to sort the containers and return them for cash. To date Encana has diverted 20 trailers of for-deposit containers from the landfill, providing over $60,000 in revenue to the community.

Encana Corporation

Encana is a leading North American energy producer that is focused on growing its strong portfolio of diverse resource plays producing natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids. By partnering with employees, community organizations and other businesses, Encana contributes to the strength and sustainability of the communities where it operates. Encana common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol ECA.

Further information on Encana Corporation is available on the company's website, www.encana.com.

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