The following spills were reported to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in the past week.
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 24,000-plus wells in the county.
» KERR MCGEE GATHERING LLC., reported July 10 a gas gathering pipeline system spill about 2 miles south of Johnstown, near Weld County roads 44 and 15. An unknown amount of oil and condensate spilled. The cause of the spill wasn’t indicated.
» KERR MCGEE GATHERING LLC., reported July 10 a historical gas compressor station spill about 5 miles east of Platteville, near Weld 37 and 32. An unknown amount of oil, condensate and other E&P waste spilled. The spill was found while crews were conducting remedial efforts for another spill.
» BONANZA CREEK ENERGY OPERATING COMPANY LLC., reported July 10 a tank battery spill about 15 miles northwest of Wiggins, near Weld 58 and 89. About two barrels of produced water spilled. Internal corrosion on a fitting on the separator caused the spill.
» KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP., reported July 10 a historical tank battery spill in Dacono, near Weld 10 1/2 and 19. An unknown amount of oil, condensate and produced water spilled. Crews found the spill during reclamation activities.