Major Gift Sets the Stage for New Colorado Mountain College Campus

RIFLE, Colorado. (May 25, 2005) - EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. today presented a gift of $3 million to Colorado Mountain College. This major gift marks the start of the college's capital campaign to build a new campus in western Garfield County.

"We are pleased to be partnering with CMC to build a new campus in Rifle," said Roger Biemans, president of EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. "This new facility will benefit the local economy by helping deliver technology and training for Colorado's natural gas and oil industry. CMC is helping meet the high demand for skilled workers in this region."

"This generous $3 million bequest means Colorado Mountain College will immediately launch a capital campaign," said Alexandra Yajko, CEO of the CMC Foundation. "This initial gift places the campaign at the halfway point in the $6 million estimated cost to build our new campus in Rifle. We are confident that additional funding will be raised from the Western Slope, the Colorado Mountain College district and statewide from partners both public and private."

Dr. Robert Spuhler, president of the college, said, "The new CMC academic center in western Garfield County will greatly increase learning opportunities for students seeking degrees, as well as for those needing workforce training. Our local economy, including the oil and gas industry, should see immediate economic benefits." The college's board of trustees is now considering two potential Rifle-area sites for the campus. One site is south of Airport Road, across from WalMart, and the other site is adjacent to Airport Road and Mamm Creek Road, near the existing Xcel Energy access road. The board's decision will be based on engineering studies and cost analyses now underway.

Training local residents will provide careers and a strong workforce in Garfield County. To describe its role in this training, CMC has developed a much-lauded multi-year plan, "A Strategic Plan for Colorado Mountain College to Interface with the Oil and Gas Industry over the Next 3-5 Years." This plan has been formally endorsed by the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States (IPAMS) and the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA), and is recommended as a model for other states by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC).

CMC is currently compiling an advisory board for a skills-based curriculum. The college has already trained several hundred workers in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety standards and other certification classes. The results of training such as this are fewer workplace errors, lower employee turnover and less time spent in new hire orientation.

CMC's current Rifle Campus is leased from the RE-2 School District. This nearly 80-year-old school building is not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The building is fully utilized; however, a lack of classroom space restricts class offerings. There is not adequate parking and no room to expand.

Pam Arsenault, dean of CMC's Rifle Campus, said, "CMC Rifle has operated out of the current facility since 1981. Further retrofitting is not economically feasible, especially since CMC does not own the building. A new West Garfield campus will better meet the needs of our service area from New Castle to Parachute and Battlement Mesa. We are tremendously excited to expand our educational opportunities while providing state-of-the-art learning environments for our students."

With the second-largest community college enrollment in Colorado, CMC has undertaken more than $50 million of new building projects in the past decade, and has an excellent track record of designing buildings to fulfill not only educational needs but also those of an extended community. The new CMC academic center in western Garfield County will enhance cultural opportunities with a multi-purpose space and will provide new community meeting facilities.

The college has recently built new classroom buildings at its campuses in Vail-Eagle Valley and Aspen, and in the fall plans to open a new Chaffee County building in Buena Vista. At CMC's Vail-Eagle Valley Campus, which opened in the fall of 2004, the first semester of classes showed an incredible 41 percent increase in enrollment. Upon completion, the western Garfield County campus is expected to see a similar increase in enrollment. CMC's community participation rate of 14 percent is five times the state average of 2.7 percent for other colleges. One in every three people in the community has come into contact with the college in some way.

About Colorado Mountain College:
Colorado Mountain College is a community college that, through its 12 sites on seven campuses, serves the educational needs of a population spread across 12,000 square miles in western Colorado. The college provides liberal arts and science certificate and degree programs, basic and lifelong learning, and customized business training. CMC prepares Colorado's workforce through apprenticeships, internships and experiential learning in beautiful mountain settings. CMC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The college was founded in 1967.

For more information about Colorado Mountain College, media contact is Debra Crawford, Director of Public Relations, 970-384-8535,

About EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.
EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EnCana Corporation. EnCana is one of North America's leading independent oil and natural gas companies. EnCana focuses on contributing to the strength and sustainability of the communities in which it is privileged to operate.

Further information on EnCana Corporation is available on the company's Web site, For more information about EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.:

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Wendy Wiedenbeck
Community Relations Advisor

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