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Weld County oil and gas spill report for March 5

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.

WHITING OIL & GAS CORPORATION, reported Feb. 27 a tank battery spill about 6 miles northwest of Avalo, about 1.5 miles southeast of Weld County roads 120 and 135. About 13 barrels of produced water spilled. The release came from an underground produced water flowline between the treaters and the tank.

WHITING OIL & GAS CORPORATION, reported Feb. 27 two flowline spills about 6 miles west of Avalo, near Weld roads 116 and 133. About 17 barrels of produced water spilled. After replacing, testing and putting a four-inch section of flowline back into service that spilled on Feb. 12, two new leaks developed.

SRC ENERGY INC., reported Feb. 23 a tank battery spill about 2 miles north of Windsor, near Weld Road 72 and Hollister Lake Road. About 90 barrels of produced water and two barrels of oil spilled. A steel 45-degree connection on the produced water load line froze and split.

BONANZA CREEK ENERGY OPERATING COMPANY LLC, reported Feb. 21 a flowline spill about 12 miles east of Kersey, near Weld roads 62 and 89. About 22 barrels of produced water spilled. Internal corrosion caused a 4-inch produced water flowline to fail.

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WHITING OIL & GAS CORP., reported Feb. 21 a tank battery spill about 6 miles north of Keota, near Weld roads 110 and 111. About 20 barrels of produced water spilled. A pinhole leak in the produced water tank caused the release. The cause of the leak is being investigated.