Colorado Hunting Ranch Sues Over Pipeline Spill

Canada’s Encana Energy has been sued by a Colorado big-game hunting ranch over a 2016 pipeline leak.

The Bishop Ranch LLC from Grand Junction filed suit in Rio Blanco County maintain the pipeline spill not only contaminated its property but ruined a planned $5 million sale.

The lawsuit, according to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, said the ranch was in the final stages of negotiations to be sold for $5 million and the leak stopped the sale. It claimed condensate and/or produced water “impacted and contaminated the springs, surface water, ground water, vegetation, land, soil and sediment” by way of a massive release of hazardous waste.

A spokesman for Encana denied comment. The leak was found in June 2016. The pipeline was operated by Hunter Ridge Energy Services LLC, a subsidiary of Encana. It led to the state of Colorado citing Hunter Ridge for failing to ensure that pipes are in good mechanical condition and regularly inspected.

The lawsuit also accused Encana of fostering a corporate cover-up mentality following financial losses and workforce reductions in recent years. It claims the cutbacks led to the loss of workers who had knowledge about safety and security of the pipeline.




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