EnCana denies connection to diesel fuel spill
An EnCana Oil & Gas spokesman says the company has no connection with a truck that crashed while transporting diesel fuel for the energy industry Sunday southeast of Rulison.”They weren’t doing anything for EnCana,” spokesman Walt Lowry said.That’s contrary to the understanding of several public officials. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office had reported the truck was a contractor for EnCana, and county oil and gas auditor Doug Dennison said his understanding was that it was doing work for Canyon Gas Resources, a pipeline company that he believed was under contract with EnCana.Morris Bell, operations manager for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, said he also had been under the impression the truck was doing contract work with EnCana.Lowry said EnCana may end up using the pipeline being built, but so might other energy producers. The truck wasn’t doing any specific work for EnCana, however, and was strictly working for Canyon Gas, he said.A Sterling Construction truck spilled an undetermined amount of fuel Sunday while coming down Spruce Creek Road, or County Road 329, after performing refueling and maintenance on Canyon Gas vehicles and equipment. Canyon Gas is building a pipeline in the Spruce Creek Road area.The truck went off a curve and rolled while coming down the road, injuring both the driver and a passenger. The Colorado State Patrol is continuing to investigate the accident but believes speed was a factor. No charges have been filed.An official with a company doing cleanup at the site said that while it’s hard to say for sure, perhaps a few hundred gallons of diesel fuel spilled. Sterling Construction will be billed for the cleanup costs.Bell said EnCana’s statement that it has no connection to the accident seems confusing because a COGCC representative had spoken to the company and had come away with the understanding Sterling was an EnCana contractor.”It seems like someone’s splitting hairs, doesn’t it?” he said.At the same time, Bell said, if EnCana says Sterling isn’t its contractor, “I would tend to believe them.”At the same time, Bell said, if EnCana says Sterling isn’t its contractor, “I would tend to believe them.”
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