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Weld County oil and gas spill report for June 19

Trevor Reid
treid@greeleytribune.com

The following spills were reported to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in the past two weeks.

Information is based on Form 19, which operators must fill out detailing the leakage/spill events. Any spill release that may impact waters of the state must be reported as soon as practical. Any spill of five barrels or more must be reported within 24 hours, and any spill of one barrel or more, which occurs outside secondary containment, such as metal or earthen berms, must also be reported within 24 hours, according to COGCC rules. Spills and leaks are typically found during routine maintenance on existing wells, though some actual "spills" do occur among the 23,000-plus wells in the country.

BONANZA CREEK ENERGY OPERATING COMPANY LLC, reported June 12 a spill about 5 miles southeast of Kersey, near Weld County roads 50 and 67. Less than one barrel of oil and between one and five barrels of produced water spilled. A nearby well completion communicated with the well, causing a seal to leak.

BARRETT CORPORATION* BILL, reported June 12 a spill about 10 miles south of Briggsdale, near Weld roads 68 and 83. Between one and five barrels of oil and produced water spilled. A stuffing box leak caused the release.

KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP, reported June 9 a spill about 1 mile northeast of Erie, near Weld roads 10 and 5. An unknown amount of less than five barrels of oil, condensate and produced water spilled. Workers discovered the historical release during abandon activities.

SYNERGY RESOURCES CORPORATION, reported June 9 a spill about 5 miles southeast of LaSalle, near Weld roads 42 and 45. Between one and five barrels of produced water spilled. SRC discovered the water vault leaked after removing the vault.

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WARD PETROLEUM CORPORATION, reported June 9 a spill about 18 miles northeast of Nunn, near Weld roads 116 and 59. Between one and five barrels of oil spilled. The flow line release occurred during tank battery repairs.

NOBLE ENERGY INC, reported June 8 a spill north of Greeley, near Weld roads 66 and 31. Between one and five barrels of oil, condensate and produced water spilled. Noble workers discovered impacts after removing hard armor from the site of the tank battery.

NOBLE ENERGY INC, reported June 7 a spill about 1 mile east of Galeton, near Weld roads 74 and 53. Between one and five barrels of oil, condensate and produced water spilled. The unintentional release occurred during flow line operations.

KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP, reported June 6 a spill about 5 miles northeast of Mead, near Weld roads 36 and 17. An unknown amount of less than five barrels of oil, condensate and produced water spilled. During plug and abandon activities, the historical release was discovered.

NOBLE ENERGY INC, reported June 6 a spill about 1 mile east of Adna, near Weld roads 378 and 27.5. Between one and five barrels of produced water spilled. During plug and abandon activities, the historical release was discovered.

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