Encana refutes US EPA Pavillion groundwater report

By OGJ editors

Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. refuted the US Environmental Protection Agency’s preliminary conclusions in its draft report that ground water in the aquifer near Pavillion, Wyo., contains compounds EPA believes are “likely associated with gas production practices, including hydraulic fracturing.”

Encana said it was disappointed EPA released the draft report before subjecting it to qualified, third-party, scientific verification.

EPA said analysis of samples taken from deep monitoring wells indicates detection of synthetic chemical like glycols and alcohols consistent with fracing (OGJ Online, Dec. 9, 2011).

“This precipitous action runs counter to the cooperative approach that Encana and other state, federal, and local participants in the Pavillion Working Group took in working alongside the EPA in its investigation for more than 3 years,” Encana said in a Dec. 12 news release from its Denver office.

Eric Marsh, Encana’s executive vice-president, natural gas economy and senior vice-president, USA division, said safe, responsible gas development is vital.

“Hydraulic fracturing is an important, necessary, and safe part of natural gas development,” Marsh said. Encana’s news release said EPA’s approach, data, and analysis contains numerous discrepancies.

“The EPA’s reported results of all four phases of its domestic water well tests do not exceed federal or state drinking water quality standards for any constituent related to oil and gas development,” Encana said.

Related Articles

EPA leads investigation of crude discharge at BP Whiting refinery

03/26/2014 The US Environmental Protection Agency took formal charge of investigation and cleanup efforts after an undetermined amount of crude oil spilled in...

EIA: China exceeds US as the largest net petroleum importer

03/26/2014 In September 2013, China’s net imports of petroleum and other liquids exceeded those of the US on a monthly basis, making it the world’s largest ne...

EIA: Tight oil production pushes US supply to more than 10% of world’s total

03/26/2014 US tight oil production averaged 3.22 million b/d in the fourth quarter of 2013, pushing overall US crude oil production to more than 10% of the wo...

MARKET WATCH: NYMEX oil futures drop with HSC partially reopened

03/26/2014 Crude oil prices fluctuated but ended the New York trading session down modestly Mar. 25 after the US Coast Guard reopened the Houston Ship Channel...

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!

 

Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected