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EnCana is on the hot seat once again. The company, one of the largest natural gas developers in Garfield County, faces a hearing before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission for allegedly contaminating two water wells in near Silt.The COGCC staff recommended EnCana be fined for allegedly violating state water quality regulations as well as COGCC rules. EnCana was fined $371,000 in August 2004 in a related case, a natural gas seep in and around West Divide Creek. COGCC found the seep was caused by production gas leaking from wells on EnCanas P3 pad.COGCC will hold a public hearing Tuesday, July 11, at 10 a.m. at the Garfield County fairgrounds in Rifle. It will then decide on the amount of a fine, if any, to impose on EnCana, said COGCC hearings manager Tricia Beaver.
In the Divine Comedy the medieval poet Dante wrote about the seven levels of hell: The frozen world of Satan, the second level where the lustful are buffeted about by hurricane winds and the fifth level where the wrathful, speechless, tear at each other with their teeth.I have an eighth level to add, the Level of Gnats. On a four-day camping trip to southeast Utah a couple weeks ago for some reason I was all but devoured alive by gnats, while my two buddies were virtually untouched, earning me the nickname, Gnat Bait.The wretched little creatures buzzed around my head from first light to dusk, climbing into my hair, nailing my ears, disfiguring my face and forearms because they raised hives when they bit that lasted for days.
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