Weld County oil and gas spill report for Jan. 29
January 28, 2018
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.
NOBLE ENERGY INC., reported Jan. 26 a partially buried vessel spill about 2 miles north of Kersey, near Weld County roads 62 and 55. Between one and five barrels of produced water spilled. Workers discovered the impacts during plug and abandon activities.
BONANZA CREEK ENERGY OPERATING COMPANY LLC, reported Jan. 22 a tank battery spill about 12 miles northeast of Kersey, about 2.5 miles west of Weld roads 62 and 89. Between five and 100 barrels of produced water spilled. A produced water dumpline on a separator failed.
DCP MIDSTREAM LP, reported Jan. 19 a pipeline spill about 4 miles north of Fort Lupton, near Weld roads 22.5 and 25.5. Less than five barrels of condensate spilled. DCP pipeline group identified a 4-inch gas gathering pipeline that might have developed a leak.
FOUNDATION ENERGY MANAGEMENT LLC, reported Jan. 17 a tank battery spill about 7 miles west of New Raymer, near Weld roads 86 and 113. Less than five barrels of oil spilled. Over-pressuring of the fire tube gasket on the treater caused the release.
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KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP, reported Jan. 17 a tank battery spill north of Fort Lupton, near Weld roads 16 and 29. Less than five barrels each of oil, condensate and produced water spilled. Workers discovered the historical release after removing a partially buried produced water sump.