Regulators monitoring blowout cleanup

Alberta’s energy regulator says an oil well blowout at an Encana site northeast of Edmonton that took 36 hours to cap posed no danger to the public.

CALGARY — Alberta’s energy regulator says an oil well blowout at an Encana site northeast of Edmonton that took 36 hours to cap posed no danger to the public.

The Energy Conservation Board says the blowout happened on Friday night about 56 kilometres northeast of Wabasca.

It says Encana’s (TSX:ECA) well released about 20,000 barrels of fluids, the majority of which was salt water and polymers, and “trace” amounts of oil, in to nearby muskeg.

The board said the blowout was capped Sunday morning.

It says no water entered any creeks or rivers, no gas was vented and there was no fire.

The board says all appropriate authorities have been notified and its inspectors are on site and investigating.

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