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Sour gas detected after Encana well blowout

Small amounts of sour gas have been detected in the air after a natural gas well blowout near Fox Creek Monday.

The Alberta Energy Regulator detected three parts per billion of H2S a kilometre from the Encana Corporation site Tuesday morning. The amount is considered low, but more portable air monitors have been set up.

The AER learned about the blowout around 2 p.m. Monday, and investigators remain on site. A well head was damaged on a well pad in the remote area 18 kilometres west of Fox Creek, and natural gas and condensate was released.

They’re working to bring it under control.

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