EnCana shuts down well after fire | PostIndependent.com

EnCana shuts down well after fire

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

PARACHUTE, Colorado – Fire at a produced water flow-back pit on EnCana’s North Parachute Ranch evacuated employees and shut down a well in the area until further investigation reveals the cause of the fire.According to EnCana spokeswoman Wendy Wiedenbeck the burn was not intentional and only lasted about 30 minutes.”It burned itself off before fire crews arrived,” Wiedenbeck said. “No one was injured, and there was very little equipment damaged.”The North Parachute Ranch is property owned by EnCana about 10 miles north of Parachute. The “pit” contains water that is produced during the frac’ing operations, according to Wiedenbeck, which contains small amounts of natural gas condensate. Natural gas condensate is a low-density mixture of hydrocarbon liquids that are present as gaseous components in the raw natural gas produced from natural gas fields, according to Wikipedia.com.Grand Valley Fire Protection District from Parachute responded after Garfield County Dispatch received a call at 9:12 a.m. of a gas well fire. Wiedenbeck confirmed that no gas well was damaged and that employees were evacuated for safety reasons.”As a precaution, any time there is an incident, we would evacuate that area and maintain safety while we get the situation under control,” Wiedenbeck said.An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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