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Weld County oil spills for May 19 – Greeley Tribune

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 5 barrels or more must be reported within 24 hours, and any spill of 1 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 24,000-plus wells in the county.

» HIGHPOINT OPERATING CORPORATION reported Monday a well spill near Weld County roads 136 and 73, about 2 miles west of Hereford. About 5 barrels of oil spilled. A compromised gasket on a pumping united resulted in the oil misting across the well pad.

» DCP OPERATING COMPANY LP reported Saturday a gas-gathering pipeline system spill near 49th Street and 35th Avenue in Evans. Between 5 and 100 barrels of condensate spilled. Equipment failure caused the spill, which occurred during a heavy rainstorm. Two vacuum trucks were dispatched to remove condensate that flowed toward the facility outfall system and to surface water east of the facility. Absorbent booms were placed in five locations along the ditch to minimize impacts to surface water.

» KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP reported Friday a historical tank battery spill near Weld 36 and 33, about 3 miles southeast of Gilcrest. An unknown amount of oil, condensate and produced water spilled. The operator found impacts below the partially buried produced water vessel during decommissioning.

» PDC ENERGY INC reported Friday a historical tank battery spill near Weld 20 and 13, north of Firestone. An unknown amount of oil and produced water spilled. The operator found the release near the tank battery.

» PDC ENERGY INC reported Friday a historical well spill near Weld 44 and Colo. 60, about a mile northwest of Gilcrest. An unknown amount of oil and produced water spilled. The operator found the release at the wellhead.

» PDC ENERGY INC reported Thursday a historical well spill near Weld 72 and 33, about a mile southwest of Eaton. An unknown amount of oil and produced water spilled. The operator found the release near the wellhead.

» HIGHPOINT OPERATING CORPORATION reported Thursday a tank battery spill about 2 miles west of Weld 136 and 71. About 10 barrels of oil spilled. A compromised fitting on the production tank load line caused the release inside lined production containment.

» PDC ENERGY INC reported Thursday a historical tank battery spill near Weld 72 and 33, about a mile southwest of Eaton. An unknown amount of oil and produced water spilled. The operator found the release at the tank battery.

» PDC ENERGY INC reported Thursday a historical spill near Weld 72 and 33, about a mile southwest of Eaton. An unknown amount of oil and produced water spilled. The operator found the release at the separator.

» KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP reported May 11 a historical tank battery spill near Weld 56 and 13, between Loveland and Greeley. An unknown amount of oil, condensate and produced water spilled. The operator found impacts below the separator during decommissioning.

» NOBLE ENERGY INC reported May 11 a historical tank battery spill near Weld 74 and 43, about 3 miles east of Eaton. An unknown amount of oil, condensate and produced water spilled. Soil concentrations exceeded COGCC standards for 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene, 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene, napthalene and 1,2-methylnaphthalene.

» NOBLE ENERGY INC reported May 11 a historical well spill about 5 miles west of Weld 98 and 127. An unknown amount of oil, condensate and produced water spilled. Total petroleum hydrocarbons exceeded COGCC standards.

» NOBLE ENERGY INC reported May 7 a tank battery spill about 3 miles southeast of Weld 40 and 57. Between 1 and 5 barrels of produced water spilled. A small fracture in the produced water vault caused the spill, impacting 31 cubic yards of soil.

» NOBLE ENERGY INC reported May 7 a historical tank battery spill near Weld 44 and 57, about 5 miles southeast of Kersey. An unknown amount of oil, condensate and produced water spilled. The release was found at the separator during flowline closure. Benz(a)anthracene in groundwater exceeded COGCC standards.

» NOBLE ENERGY INC reported May 7 a historical well spill near Weld 46 and 57, about 5 miles southeast of Kersey. An unknown amount of oil, condensate and produced water spilled. The release was found during wellhead closure, impacting 10 cubic yards of soil.

» NOBLE ENERGY INC reported May 7 a historical tank battery spill near Weld 46 and 39, about 1 mile south of LaSalle. An unknown amount of oil spilled. About 10 cubic yards of soil was impacted.

» NOBLE ENERGY INC reported May 7 a historical tank battery spill near Weld 44 and 31, about 2 miles north of Gilcrest. An unknown amount of oil, condensate and produced water spilled. The release was found where the flowline ties into the separator. Benz(a)anthracene in groundwater exceeded COGCC standards.

» GREAT WESTERN OPERATING COMPANY LLC reported May 6 a historical tank battery spill near Weld 48 and 23, just north of Milliken. An unknown amount of oil, condensate and produced water spilled. Impacts were found beneath the partially buried produced water tank and beneath the separator during facility closure.

» NGL WATER SOLUTIONS DJ LLC reported May 5 a tank battery spill near Weld 6 and U.S. 85, about 2 miles north of Brighton. An unknown amount of oil and produced water spilled. A lightning strike hit a tank battery.

» CRESTONE PEAK RESOURCES OPERATING LLC reported May 5 a tank battery spill near Weld 20 and Del Camino Lane, northeast of Firestone. About 200 barrels of produced water spilled. Water leaked from production water tanks. A liner integrity inspection will be conducted to ensure the release remained within containment. The fault vessel will be replaced.

» KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP reported May 4 well spill near Weld 60 and 17, south of Windsor. Less than a barrel each of oil, condensate and produced water spilled. About 27 cubic yards of soil was impacted.

» KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP reported May 4 a historical well spill near Weld 32 and 37, about 5 miles east of Platteville. An unknown amount of oil, condensate and produced water spilled. Impacts were found during plugging and abandonment.

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2021-05-18 23:06:17

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