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Weld County oil and gas spill report for May 7

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 May 3 a well spill in Fort Lupton, near Weld County roads 16 and 29. Between one and five barrels of drilling fluid spilled. Crews encountered trapped fluid inside cementing equipment lines while rigging down.

NOBLE ENERGY INC., reported May 1 a flowline spill about 1 mile east of Gilcrest, near Weld roads 40 and 33. Between one and five barrels of produced water spilled. Waters of the state were either impacted or threatened by the spill. Crews found the spill as produced water surfaced inside the containment berm during operations.

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.

EXTRACTION OIL & GAS INC., reported April 23 a historical tank battery spill less near Alden, near Weld 66 and Grandview Way. Less than five barrels of produced water spilled. Crews found the spill after removing a partially buried produced water vessel.