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Weld County oil and gas spill report for June 26

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.

PDC ENERGY INC, reported June 21 a spill about 5 miles east of Alden, near Weld County roads 66 and 63. Between five and 100 barrels of oil spilled. Well production of fluids exceeded expectations, causing the release.

ANADARKO WATTENBERG OIL COMPLEX LLC, reported June 16 a spill about 3 miles northeast of Fort Lupton, near Weld roads 18 and 35. More than 100 barrels of condensate spilled. A condensate line released the condensate outside of containment.

SYNERGY RESOURCES CORPORATION, reported June 16 a spill about 1 mile west of Lucerne, near Weld roads 68 and 35. Between one and five barrels of produced water spilled. During water vault removal, workers discovered the historic release.

NOBLE ENERGY INC, reported June 16 a spill northwest of Greeley, near O Street and 83rd Avenue. Between one and five barrels of produced water spilled. During water vessel removal, workers discovered the historic release.

NOBLE ENERGY INC, reported June 16 a spill about 2 miles southeast of Alden, near Weld roads 62.5 and 55. Between one and five barrels of oil, produced water and condensate spilled. During plug and abandon activities, workers discovered the historic release.

NOBLE ENERGY INC, reported June 16 a spill about 4 miles north of New Raymer, near Weld roads 96 and 127.5. Between one and five barrels of oil, produced water and condensate spilled. During plug and abandon activities, workers discovered the historic release.

BONANZA CREEK ENERGY OPERATING COMPANY LLC, reported June 12 a spill about 5 miles southeast of Kersey, near Weld 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.