Subject: FW: ACTION ITEM: FW: Update on Encana Sour Gas/Condensate Blow Out
Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2015 08:50:21 -0600
The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is responding to the Encana natural gas well blowout located approximately 18 kilometres west of Fox Creek, Alberta.
The company is taking the lead with this incident and has set up their Emergency Operations Centre. At this time, there are no reports of impact to public safety, wildlife and/or nearby waterways.
AER staff and air monitoring units have been dispatched to the site to assess the situation and work with the company to ensure all safety and environmental requirements are met during the response to the incident.
Information about the incident will be posted to the AER’s compliance dashboard (http://www1.aer.ca/ComplianceDashboard/index.html) and will be updated if the assessed situation changes. Media information is also updated as the situation changes. As the investigation into this incident will continue, further information will become available to the public.
I hope that helps.
Information Specialist Customer Contact Centre, Information Distribution Services
Alberta Energy Regulator
inquiries 1-855-297-8311 24-hour emergency 1-800-222-6514 www.aer.ca
From: Diana Daunheimer
Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 1:09 PM
Subject: Update on Encana Sour Gas/Condensate Blow Out
Why has the AER not updated the public on the Encana sour gas/condensate rupture by Fox Creek, Alberta.
This is a very serious, ongoing incident and there have been no current updates on the compliance dashboard, or public notices, since the original event.
The Nexen rupture was but a fraction in both volume and health and environmental impacts, yet, the company was required to provide daily updates.
Is Encana getting special treatment, Mr. Protti?
I respectfully request the AER make public the air quality monitoring data from this incident and publish the results on their web-site, in the interest of being in stellar compliance, operating with the utmost integrity and engaging in empathetic engagement.
Issues Note / September 21, 2015 by Office of Public Affairs, AER
Encana Natural Gas Well Blowout Near Fox Creek, Alberta
On September 21, 2015 Encana notified the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) of a [sour] natural gas well blowout approximately 18 kilometres west of Fox Creek.
- The Alberta Energy Regulator is responding to a natural [sour] gas well blowout approximately 18 km west of Fox Creek.
- On September 21, 2015, Encana notified the AER of a natural [sour] gas well blowout flowing natural [sour] gas and condensate. The well is licenced for hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and portable air monitoring units and roadblocks have been set up at each side of the site as well as the access road.
- There are no reported impacts to the public, waterways, or wildlife at this time.
- At this time, Encana cannot confirm the condition of the wellhead.
- Encana has set up their Emergency Operations Centre [WHERE?] and is mobilizing safety crews.
- At this time, there are no reports of impacts to public safety, wildlife and/or nearby waterways.
- The AER continues to work with the company to ensure all safety and environmental requirements are met during the response to the incident.
- Information about the incident will be posted to the AER’s compliance dashboard.
- While rigging up a snubbing unit on a multi-well pad (Duvernay formation), the snubbing unit fell over [WHY? DAMAGE UNDERGROUND FROM FRACQUAKES AND OR FRACING BY ENCANA OR A FRAC COMMUNICATION EVENT?] and appears to have sheared off parts of the wellhead.
- As workers were evacuating, a worker was injured, treated by a medic and released.
- Roadblocks have been set up at each side of the site and Encana’s access road.
- Portable air monitoring has been set up at the road block locations and Encana has dispatched mobile air monitoring units.
- AER has advised Encana to notify the Town of Fox Creek, the Municipal District of Greenview and they are trying to locate the one trapper in the area.
- Encana has enacted their corporate Emergency Response Plan. [OH, THE ONE WHERE DOUG SUTTLES PREPARES LIES FOR THE PRESS LIKE HE DID AS EXECUTIVE DURING THE BP DEEP WATER HORIZON DISASTER?]
The rig crew is mobilized offsite and awaiting safety crew(s) arrival.
- AER Emergency Coordination Centre is set up in the St. Albert Field Centre. [WHAT THE HELL KIND OF A REGULATOR SETS UP AN EMERGENCY COORDINATION CENTRE 256 km, 2.5 HOURS AWAY FROM THE DANGER ZONE?]
- AER has dispatched staff to site as well as an air monitoring unit.
Please note: ALL media inquiries must be directed to the Office of Public Affairs.
The Office of Public Affairs On-Call Media Line: 1-855-474-6356
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CONCERNED ALBERTANS CONTACT ALBERTA HEALTH ABOUT HEALTH HARMS CAUSED BY THE OIL & GAS INDUSTRY?
Alberta Health’s July 2012 response above to Jessica Ernst’s July 2012 concerns and questions regarding health harm from drilling/fracing and the Council of Canadian Academies’ bogus shoddy incomplete frac review
Alberta sour gas well blowout still not capped says Encana by The Canadian Press, September 22, 2015, Calgary Herald
FOX CREEK, Alta. – Workers in northern Alberta are still fighting to control a blowout at a well that has been venting toxic sour gas and other chemicals since Monday.
A spokesman for well owner Encana (TSX:ECA) says crews are opening a second route to the site, located 18 kilometres from the community of Fox Creek.
Jay Averill says that will give crews more room to work and let them onto the site more efficiently. [Or to escape death from the toxic gases when the wind blows the wrong way?]
Averill says [but is not providing so far any evidence but lies to back up his statements to the public] monitoring data shows levels of poisonous hydrogen sulphide are well beneath those that would pose a health risk.
The province’s energy regulator says [Does the “No Duty of Care” AER have any credibility, honesty, ethics or integrity?] waterways or wildlife have not been affected. [Emphasis added]
[Refer also to:
2015 05 22: Encana well blowout after fracking leaves oily mess of spewing natural gas, propane, butane, benzene and toluene, forces 2 dozen families from their homes in Karnes County, Evacuees anxious to see the damage to their homes
All photos below by Aaron Sprecher, Greenpeace
In 2004, when Mark Taylor (now VP Industry Operations at the AER) was manager at Encana, he said, face to face to Rosebud citizens, many of them with contaminated water, that the company would never frac a community’s drinking water aquifers or anywhere near them to prevent gas from migrating into water supplies, after Encana had already secretly frac’d directly, intentionally into drinking water supplies used by Pavillion, Wyoming and Rosebud, Alberta.