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More than 60 hours after a sweet gas leak was first reported at an Apache well site southeast of Dawson Creek, it has not yet been capped.

Well control experts and other workers are currently onsite investigating the situation and trying to contain the leak, says Paul Wyke, spokesperson for Apache Canada.

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The leak was found by a water hauler working near a well site in the Noel file west of One Island Lake.

The initial report indicated that the leak was reported early Wednesday morning, however, Wyke says it was actually reported around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

He says workers are trying to kill the well, but have encountered technical problems that first have to be resolved.

Originally, the cause of the leak had been listed as a failed flange fitting but Wyke says the company is still investigating the cause.

Road blocks and trail alerts have been put in place around the site to warn the public to stay out of the area.

Wyke says that crews are continuously monitoring the air near road blocks and the well site, but that so far there has been no indication of any gas levels around those areas.

Sweet gas is different from sour gas in that it does not contain considerable amounts of hydrogen sulphide, which is what makes natural gas toxic.

Wyke was unable to provide an estimate as to when the well will be killed.


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