Mediation unable to resolve Encana, Thompson dispute, Flood-damage lawsuit appears headed for trial

Mediation unable to resolve Encana, Thompson dispute, Flood-damage lawsuit appears headed for trial by John Colson, June 13, 2012, Post Independent
A court-appointed mediator has been unable to resolve a dispute between Porcupine Creek landowner Thomas Thompson and Encana Oil and Gas (USA), a drilling company operating on Thompson’s land. … Thompson ordered the company off his property in March, and Encana won an injunction to force Thompson to let its crews resume work on the drilling rigs. But Garfield District Judge James Boyd’s ruling did not grant the company legal permission to start fixing the creekside damage unless it obtains Thompson’s permission. Boyd suggested that Thompson and Encana try mediation before going through the expense and difficulty of a full civil trial, according to Thompson. … Encana spokesman Doug Hock confirmed on Monday that the mediation effort was not successful, but said he could not comment on any other details of the case. “What we all found out was that our side was ready to compromise,” Thompson said, explaining that he has hired local attorney Rob Gavrell and New Orleans attorney Rob Couhig to handle his case. “But Encana arrived with what seems to be the only position Encana will ever have,” Thompson continued, “that their culvert had nothing to do with the flood.”

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