Weld County oil and gas spill report for Sept. 11
September 10, 2017
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.
BAYSWATER EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION LLC, reported Sept. 7 a spill northwest of Greeley, near Weld County roads 66 and 29. Between five and 100 barrels of drilling fluid spilled. A four-inch mudline hose split during drilling operations and caused the release.
BILL BARRETT CORP., reported Aug. 31 a spill about 5 miles southeast of Hudson, near Weld roads 4 and 55. An unknown amount of more than five barrels spilled. Workers discovered historic leaks in a crude tank acquired March 2017.
SRC ENERGY INC, reported Aug. 29 a spill in Evans, near 37th Street and 35th Avenue. Between five and 100 barrels of produced water spilled. A water transfer hose failure caused the release.
KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP, reported Aug. 28 a spill about 2 miles west of Fort Lupton, near Weld roads 10 and 21. Between five and 100 barrels of oil spilled. A valve failure during produced water recycling caused the release.
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CRESTONE PEAK RESOURCES OPERATING LLC, reported Aug. 28 a spill north of Erie, near Westview Road and Buffalo Road. Between five and 100 barrels of produced water spilled. A latch valve failure on the motor valve caused the water pit to spill over.