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Weld County oil and gas spill report for May 29

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.

DCP MIDSTREAM LP, reported May 25 a spill about 5 miles south of Keenesburg, near Weld County Roads 4 and 63. Between one and five barrels of condensate spilled. DCP Pipeline group identified a leaking gathering line responsible for the spill. The pipeline will remain shut-in until it can be repaired.

EXTRACTION OIL & GAS LLC, reported May 22 a spill in Greeley, near 12th Street and 71st Avenue. An unknown amount of less than five barrels of produced water spilled. A compromised water dump line caused the release.

DCP MIDSTREAM LP, reported May 19 a spill about 2 miles northeast of Erie, near Colo. 52 and Weld 5. An unknown amount of less than five barrels of condensate spilled. DCP Pipeline group identified a leaking gathering line that caused the release.

DCP MIDSTREAM LP, reported May 19 a spill about 1 mile northwest of Alden, near Weld roads 68 and 49. An unknown amount of less than five barrels of condensate spilled. DCP Pipeline group identified a gathering line that might be responsible for the spill. The pipeline will remain shut-in until it can be repaired.

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NOBLE ENERGY INC, reported May 19 a spill about 5 miles south of Keenesburg, near Weld roads 42 and 53. Between one and five barrels of produced water spilled. Tank battery impacts caused the release, which was discovered during plug-and-abandon activities.

KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP, reported May 18 a spill in Erie, near Weld roads 10 and 3. An unknown amount of less than five barrels of oil, condensate and produced water spilled. The release is comprised of historical impacts discovered during plug-and-abandon activities.

WHITING OIL & GAS CORPORATION, reported May 17 a spill about 10 miles west of Avalo, near Weld roads 116 and 127. Between one and five barrels of oil spilled. A flowline released crude oil. The line has been isolated and exposed.