Encana targeted for fifth time in nine months

Calgary-based EnCana (TSX:ECA), one of the major players in northern British Columbia’s rapidly expanding oil and gas industry, has been targeted by a bombing for the fifth time in the past nine months, the RCMP confirmed Thursday.

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Calgary-based EnCana (TSX:ECA), one of the major players in northern British Columbia’s rapidly expanding oil and gas industry, has been targeted by a bombing for the fifth time in the past nine months, the RCMP confirmed Thursday.

The Mounties said a gas leak discovered on Canada Day at a sweet gas well south of Dawson Creek, not far from the B.C.-Alberta boundary, was caused by an explosion.

And while investigators hadn’t yet started an extensive forensic investigation of the scene, the force had already linked the attack to four others last October and January.

“Preliminary examinations of the natural gas leak at one of the EnCana natural gas pipeline sites at Pouce Coupe, B.C., confirm that the rupture was caused by an explosion,” the RCMP said in a release.

“This blast is considered the fifth in a series of criminally motivated acts that have occurred at EnCana sites.”

The leak was discovered by an EnCana employee on Wednesday morning at the sweet gas well near the village of Pouce Coupe.

The worker was conducting a routine check when he noticed the damage to the wellhead, as well as a drop in pressure.

Investigators with the RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team were waiting for EnCana to seal off the leak before moving in to gather evidence, although the company wasn’t sure how long that might take.

Spokeswoman Rhona DelFrari said crews would try a series of different methods to contain the leak, which she said is about three kilometres away from the nearest resident and doesn’t pose a risk to the public.

Last October, a hand-written letter was sent to local media in Dawson Creek and to EnCana, calling oil and gas companies, and EnCana in particular, “terrorists” and demanding the company stop natural gas operations in northeastern B.C.

There were three explosions that month at EnCana pipelines or wellheads carrying sour gas, which contains toxic hydrogen sulphide. Two of those bombings caused leaks.

Then, in January, an explosion destroyed a metering shed at a wellhead near the nearby community of Tomslake.

Just Posted

Councillors want to represent Red Deer at AUMA

City council approves endorsement

Cannabis smoke raises health concerns

Smoke Free Bylaw returns to Red Deer city council Sept. 4

Avid Penhold climber Catlin Hannah’s death a reminder of the dangers of scrambling

Hannah never returned from his Mount Smuts attempt on Aug. 12.

Children, elderly at risk as smoke from distant fires hangs over parts of B.C.

VANCOUVER — Thick smoke blanketing British Columbia communities far from any flames… Continue reading

WATCH: Medicine River Wildlife Centre opens new playground

The grand opening of the playground was Saturday morning

Police chiefs want new data-sharing treaty with U.S. as privacy questions linger

OTTAWA — Canada’s police chiefs are pressing the Trudeau government to sign… Continue reading

Pope on sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the… Continue reading

Ottawa announces $189M to extend employment insurance for seasonal workers

ESCUMINAC, N.B. — Ottawa has announced $189 million for an employment insurance… Continue reading

Trudeau formally announces he’ll run again in next year’s election

MONTREAL — Justin Trudeau will run again in the 2019 federal election.… Continue reading

Smoke from B.C. wildfires prompts air quality advisories across Western Canada

VANCOUVER — More smoky, hazy air is expected to blanket much of… Continue reading

Anti-pipeline protesters released days before weeklong jail sentences end

MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. — Several pipeline protesters were released from a British… Continue reading

All eyes on Andrew Scheer as Conservative convention set for Halifax

OTTAWA — After a week of internal caucus squabbles, Conservative Leader Andrew… Continue reading

Trump says his White House counsel not a ‘RAT’ like Nixon’s

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Donald Trump insisted Sunday that his White House… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month