September 23, 2013--Colorado oil and gas field flooding: A tally of oil spills so far (Denver Post)

More than 17,000 acres were swamped in the Colorado floods that swept through the Denver-Julesburg Basin — one of the most intensively drilled fields in the U.S. — leaving oils spills dotting the area. In the basin, there are 20,500 active wells in Weld County, 321 in Boulder County, 253 in Larimer County. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has listed 11 oil spills and its aerial survey has found two dozen tanks overturned. By Saturday state inspectors had assessed 35 percent of the affected area and the Commission is still compiling data on flood impacts. As of Sept. 23 the commission said it is tracking eight “notable releases” and 10 additional locations with small releases. The commission has tallied 33 sites with damaged tanks or equipment, but no indication of leaks. The commission calculates it has documented oil spills totaling about 27,000 gallon and of the 1,900 wells that were shut-in during the peak of the flooding, 600 are back in operation.

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