UPDATE: B.C. Oil and Gas Commission spokesperson Phil Rygg confirmed that there was an incident that occurred this morning, and that there was no environmental damage or risk to the public. OGC investigators responded to the incident to work with Emergency Management BC and other area first responders. Rygg says that the OGC has also been in contact with industry operators and Encana, who have begun emergency procedures.
FARMINGTON, B.C. – One worker has been taken to hospital after an explosion at an Encana Corporation facility near Farmington.
The Montney Water Resource Hub is situated roughly 20 kilometres northwest of Dawson Creek. Encana spokesperson Doug McIntyre says that the incident happened this morning at approximately 9:00 this morning. One worker was injured in the explosion and was transported to hospital. McIntyre says that the cause of the explosion is not known, but that there was no fire, nor was there evidence of a spill of any kind.
The facility extracts saline water that is unfit for human or agricultural use from a subsurface aquifer, which is then used in hydraulic fracturing operations in the Montney basin.
McIntyre says that Encana’s top concern is for the wellbeing of the injured workers. According to McIntyre, crews have secured the site and are investigating the cause of the explosion, and added that there is no risk to the general public.