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Weld County oil and gas spill report for April 23

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 typically are found during routine maintenance on existing wells, though some actual "spills" do occur among the 23,000-plus wells in the county.

KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP, reported April 20 a historical tank battery spill north of Fort Lupton, near Weld County roads 20 and 29. Less than five barrels of oil, condensate and produced water spilled. Workers found the spill while deconstructing the tank battery facility.

PDC ENERGY INC., reported April 19 a historic tank battery spill near Weld roads 36 and 55. Less than five barrels of produced water spilled. Workers found the spill during abandonment.

HIGHPOINT OPERATING CORP., reported April 18 a historical partially buried vessel spill about 4 miles south of Roggen, near Weld roads 16 and 77. More than five barrels of produced water spilled. While removing the partially buried produced water vessel, workers noticed leaks in the bottom of the tank. Elevated volatile organic compound concentrations were found on the north wall, east wall and floor of the excavation.

BILL BARRETT CORP., reported April 16 a tank battery spill about 4 miles southwest of Hereford, near Weld roads 132 and 67. About 91 barrels of oil spilled. The pot overflowed when a contract operator left a valve open on a recycle line in the treater building.

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WHITING OIL & GAS CORPORATION, reported April 15 a tank battery spill about 5 miles north of Keota, near Weld roads 112 and 107. About 30 barrels of produced water spilled. The water tank developed a hole.

PDC ENERGY INC., reported April 14 a historical tank battery spill about 1.5 miles south of Johnstown, near Weld roads 44 and 15. More than five barrels of produced water spilled. Workers found the spill while abandoning the production facility.

BONANZA CREEK ENERGY OPERATING COMPANY LLC, reported April 13 a well spill about 7 miles east of Kersey, about 2 miles north of Weld roads 50 and 69. About 12.3 barrels of flow back fluid spilled. Waters of the state were either threatened or impacted. Workers found the spill while monitoring active completion of a well on an adjacent pad.

NOBLE MIDSTREAM SERVICES LLC, reported April 12 a pipeline spill about 10 miles east of Platteville, near Weld roads 32 and 49. Between five and 100 barrels of oil spilled. The drill bit jogged during boring activities, striking an 8-inch oil transfer line, which then released oil below ground surface.

NOBLE ENERGY INC., reported April 11 a historical flowline spill about 2 miles east of Evans, near Weld roads 52 and 47. Between one and five barrels each of oil, produced water and condensate spilled. Waters of the state were either threatened or impacted. Workers found the spill when another operator trenched in flowlines for a new oil and gas pad.

BILL BARRETT CORP., reported April 9 a well pad spill about 6 miles northwest of Orchard, near Weld roads 56 and 89. Between one and five barrels each of oil and produced water spilled. A SandCan drain valve washed out, causing the frac tank to overflow.

KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP, reported April 9 a tank battery spill about 3 miles northeast of Firestone, near Weld roads 24 and 19. Between one and five barrels of produced water spilled. While transferring fluid from the temporary tanks, the truck driver unhooked the loading hose prior to closing the valve on his truck.