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Weld County oil and gas spill report for Aug. 28

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

BNN WESTERN LLC, reported Aug. 22 a spill about 5 miles northeast of Keota, near Weld County roads 104 and 115. More than 100 barrels of produced water spilled. A break in a 90-degree fitting upstream of the Train B Separation Tank caused the release.

NOBLE ENERGY INC, reported Aug. 22 a spill about 5 miles southeast of LaSalle, near Weld roads 40 and 47. Less than five barrels of oil and produced water spilled. Workers discovered the historic impacts under a knock out tank at the tank battery.

NOBLE ENERGY INC, reported Aug. 19 a spill in Evans, near 54th St. Road and Weld road 396. Less than five barrels of produced water spilled. Workers discovered the historic impacts after removing a produced water vessel.

FOUNDATION ENERGY MANAGEMENT LLC, reported Aug. 18 a spill about 6 miles southeast of Keota, near Weld roads 86 and 105. Less than a barrel of oil was spilled. The rubbers in the well head blew out, resulting in a release of oil and water.

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BONANZA CREEK ENERGY OPERATING COMPANY LLC, reported Aug. 17 a spill about seven miles east of Kersey, about two miles northeast of Weld roads 50 and 69. Less than five barrels each of oil and produced water spilled. Internal corrosion caused a water leg to fail, causing the release.

EXTRACTION OIL & GAS INC, reported Aug. 14 a spill north of Alden, near Weld roads 66 and 51. Less than five barrels of produced water spilled. Workers discovered the historic impacts after removing a partially buried produced water vessel.

PDC ENERGY INC, reported Aug. 14 a spill about 3 miles south of Johnstown, near Weld roads 40 and 17. Between one and five barrels each of oil and produced water spilled. Workers shut in the location upon discovering the release and are mitigating impacts.