NEBC: Another Encana/Ovintiv sour gas leak. Sour gas damages the brain, even at low concentrations, but illegal aquifer frac’er, run away to the USA, doesn’t care about air, water, forests, neighbours, workers or communities where it leaks deadly gases, Encana just cares about getting more freebies, subsidies, and more deregulation to legalize its unlawful polluting ass.

BC Energy Regulator confirms sour gas leak at Ovintiv multi-well site in Pouce Coupe by Jeff Cunha, April 5, 2024

POUCE COUPE — The B.C. Energy Regulator is confirming a sour gas leak at an Ovintiv lease in Pouce Coupe.

The leak occurred shortly after midnight on April 3rd, 2024.

Staff were dispatched to the multi-well pad after a monitoring device detected an anomaly, where it was identified that a surface casing leak had occurred.

“The operator activated their Emergency Response Plan, which included air monitoringUpwind from the site to intentionally avoid incriminating data?, site access control measures, and notifying residences within the emergency response zone,” said BCER in a statement.

A resident who lives a short distance from the site told CJDC-TV that he received a phone call from Ovintiv notifying him of the leak at around 2:00 a.m.

The resident says company vehicles monitored his driveway and the nearby area until he received another phone call at around 5:00 p.m. that same day.

Ovintiv informing him that the situation was under control, crews were standing down, and an investigation would be taking place to to figure out best and cheapest way to propagandize residents into accepting more deadly leaksmitigate the risk of another leak in the future.

Ovintiv confirmed that there was no hydrogen sulphate detected offsite.Key word is “detected.” It’s impossible there was no H2S offsite; more likely the company tested using “best practices” to avoid detection (eg testing upwind of the site with the leak, or the best technique: testing after the leak is fixed or the valve shut or whatever fuckupedness).

“The operator mobilized services, stopped the leak, and are continuing to monitor the site while determining route cause and replacing any defective equipment,” said the BCER.

The BCER says their well technical experts worked with Ovintiv to ensure a mitigation plan was in place and to outline reporting requirements.

BCER Compliance & Enforcement Officers and Technical Advisors will be conducting a follow-up inspection to ensurethe company gets away with violating the law and poisoning the neighbourhoodcompliance as Ovintiv monitors the incidentand gets ready for the next leak.

In November of 2021, the B.C. Energy Regulator confirmed there was an uncontrolled release of 4,000 cubic metres of hydrocarbons at the same site after a casing valve was left partially open while crews were completing work on a well.Stupid is as stupid does. I expect Encana/Ovintiv workers have so much brain damage from regular sour gas exposure, their thinking is shot.

In a decision dated November 24, 2023, Ovintiv was ordered to pay a $20,000 fine for the incident.Of course, peanuts, to make sure the company leaks deadly gases again and again and again and again.

Note the cattle next to Encana/Ovintiv’s leaking sour gas multi-well site. The more wells, the more leaks, the more frac’s, even more leaks.

Refer also to (Encana/Ovintiv has had lots more sour incidents, I am not paid for this work, and do not have the stomach or time to keep on top of this very bad company):

Central Alberta: 2005 study suggests oil and sour gas facilities located within 4 km of rural residential properties significantly affect their sale price. No wonder:

2023: Frac Central Alberta: Fox Creek Wall of Wildfire. How many hundreds of thousands of fracs are leaking methane, ethane, propane, butane, pentane, sour gas to surface fuelling wildfires? Do leaking facilities, wells, pipelines start and fuel fires? Who’s checking? AER? Encana/Ovintiv? Chevron? No one.

Photo of Fox Creek Wall of Wildfire by Kyle Brittain

2021: Frac’ing Ontario? Wheatley (thermogenic corrosive) sour gas explosion injures 20, destroys two buildings, more, many families displaced. Still leaking, area remains at risk of more explosions like Hutchinson Kansas where two were killed in their home from industry’s leaking gas migrating 7 miles. Chatham-Kent top administrator, Don Shropshire: “Our area has hundreds, if not thousands of abandoned gas wells. They stretch from Niagara Peninsula to Windsor.” Also exploded from industry’s gas 85 years ago. The community must be relocated. But, where?

Three known gas wells nearby assuredly leaking (all do eventually), but officials suggested the pub was to blame. How many more oil and gas wells are there under or beside that blown up building no one knows about? Ontario has about 30,000 wells without records with no information on their locations or leaks or state of casing (if any).

1999: Petroleum Resources Centre (Ministry of Natural Resources): “In the resulting rush of fortune-seekers, thousands of wells were drilled. As many as 50,000 wells may have been drilled in Ontario, although records are available for only 20,000.”

2021: Encana/Ovintiv spewing sour gas, yet again, says no one injured. H2S damages the brain even at very low concentrations, so how the hell does the company know no one was injured? Were all workers and area residents tested for neurological damages? OGC investigating. Whooptydoo! Will they let Ovintiv off with another community bribe? Or blame nature and the harmed?

2021: U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Aghorn’s waterflood station, Odessa Texas: Four serious and willful workplace safety violations where Jacob Dean and wife were killed by sour gas

2021: More set-up to hang Canadian taxpayers with frac’d gas clean up? Tourmaline buys Black Swan with $350 Million debt. What about AER’s five charges against Tourmaline for 2018 sour gas release that reportedly harmed human health? Much “natural” gas in NEBC is sour.

2020: Suncor facing 7 environmental charges by Alberta Environment, seems in relation to sour gas leak at Sherwood Park refinery that sent numerous workers to hospital in 2018. Why no charges against Encana/Ovintiv for breaking every law there is in Alberta to protect residential drinking water supplies?

2020: AER laid five environmental and conservation-related charges against Tourmaline Oil and spinoff Topaz Energy Corp., and three charges against CWC Energy Services for knowingly leaking sour gas (H2S) “that impacted human health” in 2018 near Spirit River, Alberta. Court hearing Feb 19, 2020 in Grand Prairie. Why no charges against Encana, now Ovintiv, for its illegal sour gas venting near Rosebud and illegally operating a sour gas facility and wells as sweet?

2019: Encana’s Vexatious Sour Gas Frack Flaring near Grand Prairie, Alberta; After clip posted, Encana pulls a scrubby dubby.

2017: Whimps Extraordinaire! Ex-Encana VP (Gerard Protti) led AER taps Encana with $7,500 administrative penalty for major sour gas blowout at Fox Creek Alberta, Nothing for injecting 18 million litres of frac fluid into Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers.

2017: New Study: Sulfide-producing bacteria dominate hydraulically fractured shale oil & gas wells. “An estimated 70% of waterflooded reservoirs world-wide have soured.”

2015: Why are Spectra Energy and the NEB lying about flaring deadly sour gas at Taylor, BC, claiming it poses no risk to the public?

2015: Encana says sour gas and condensate blowout at Fox Creek has been capped; AER compliance dashboard does notIn my view, Encana/Ovintiv lies more than it tells the truth and our self regulators lie more than they tell the truth too (Encana VPs head the AER).

2015: AER & Encana Lying Update: Encana’s Deadly Sour Gas Blow Out at Fox Creek: Did Alberta’s Energy Minister lie for Encana & “No Duty of Care,” cover-up agent extraordinaire, the AER?

2015: AER’s EMERGENCY COMMAND CENTRE SET UP 2.5 HRS AWAY! DON’T AER COMMAND STAFF WANT TO DAMAGE THEIR BRAINS? Encana’s Fox Creek blow out spewing 20,000,000,000 litres/day sour gas & condensate: Where’s the regulator? Ex-Encana VP Gerard Protti = AER Chair; Ex-Encana Manager Mark Taylor = AER VP Industry Operations

2015: SPECIAL REPORT: Sour gas from oil wells a deadly problem in southeast Saskatchewan, Human and animal deaths linked to hydrogen sulphide emissions

2014: B.C. horse breeder recounts fracking sour gas leak scare caused by Encana

2013: B.C. school kids in danger, can suffer DNA damage illness from leaking sour gas several km away, yet B.C. allows wells within 100 m (~330 feet) of schools while Dallas City Council votes in 1,500 foot setback from homes and wells!

That’s a lot of leaking wells, many of them sour.

2013: Crossfield steer killed by Taqa North sour gas release

2013: Crews Still Trying to Contain Sour Gas Leak by Questerre Energy Corporation South of Grand Prairie (near recent groundwater contamination case caused by fracing) & north of Grand Cache, Alberta

2012: Encana Reaches Compensation Deal for Sour Gas Leak

2012: $250000 in community safety projects following Encana deadly sour gas leakIncredibly cheap buy out/bribe to escape criminal charges.

2010: EnCana Corporation facing criminal charges

2010: Failure Investigation Report by the BC OGC: Failure of Piping at EnCana Swan Wellsite A5-7-77-14 L W6M

Of course the “regulator” removed the report from the above link and searching for it resulted in zero (see snap below). Why do they always make things so damned difficult for families to educate and protect themselves?

So, I uploaded the report to my website. Beyond fed up with our cowardly ineffective regulators.


2005: Cartoon in Calgary Herald

1988: Nakoda Nation, Alberta: Engineer reported hundreds of drinking water wells contaminated with sour gas on Stoney Reserve west of Calgary. H2S is deadly, damages the brain even at low levels. AER blamed nature and if not nature, then bacteria. Same blame game polka after frac’ing contaminated drinking water wells with gas at Ponoka, Wetaskiwin, Spirit River, Rockyford, Rosebud, Redland, etc.

1982: Alberta: Sour gas and sickness; Smelly smelly run-around. Regulators/Health authorities, then and now, lie to the harmed, coddle the polluters. Alberta’s Pollution Solution: Discredit the poisoned; call them crazy.

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