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Weld County oil and gas spill report for April 30

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.

SRC ENERGY INC., reported April 24 a historical well spill about 2 miles southwest of Eaton, near Weld County roads 70 and 35. Less than five barrels of oil, condensate and produced water spilled. Crews found the spill during excavation to cut and cap the well.

WHITING OIL & GAS CORPORATION, reported April 21 a tank battery spill about 7 miles northwest of Avalo, near Weld roads 120 and 133. About seven barrels of produced water spilled. Piping at the facility developed a leak.

KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP, reported April 20 a historical tank battery spill north of Fort Lupton, near Weld 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.

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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.