Weld County oil spills for May 3 – Greeley Tribune

The following spills have been reported to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission within the past two weeks.

The information is based on Form 19, which operators must complete detailing leak/spill events. Any release of spills that may impact state waters should be reported as soon as possible. Spills and leaks typically occur during routine maintenance of existing wells, although some actual “spills” do occur among the county’s more than 18,000 wells.

» NOBLE ENERGY INC reported on April 28 a historic flowline spill near Weld County Road 66 and 57, approximately 2 miles north of Gill. An unknown quantity of oil, condensate and produced water was released. Laboratory analysis indicated a release at the disused flowline. Soil samples exceeded COGCC protection of groundwater standards for naphthalene and 1-methylnaphthalene.

» DCP OPERATING COMPANY LP reported on April 27 a recent pipeline spill near Weld 74 and 47, about 3 miles northwest of Galeton. An unknown amount of condensate spilled out. The owner identified a release with stains and liquid product visible on the dirt road. The operator closed the line to prevent further leakage and removed the product with absorbent pads. Excavations and cleanup are ongoing.

» PDC ENERGY INC reported on April 27 a recent spill near Weld 61 and 48, about 10 miles southeast of Kersey. Less than 5 barrels of oil spilled. The operator found the spill at platform level. The spill was out of containment and under control.

» PDC ENERGY INC reported on April 27 a historic spill near Weld 66 and 55, about 2 miles north of Gill. An unknown quantity of oil and produced water was released. The operator found the release at the production site. Cleanup and delineation are ongoing.

» KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP April 25 reported a historic well spill near US 85 and Weld 34 in Platteville. An unknown quantity of oil, condensate and produced water was released. Historically impacted soil was found during plugging and abandonment at the wellhead. The evaluation is in progress.

» NOBLE ENERGY INC reported on April 26 a historic well spill near Weld 40 and 31, about 2 miles southeast of Gilcrest. An unknown quantity of oil, condensate and produced water was released. Laboratory analysis indicated a release at the disused wellhead. A soil sample exceeded COGCC protection of groundwater standards for 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene, 1-methylnaphthalene and naphthalene.

» KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP reported on April 25 a historic well spill near Weld 38 and 35, about 4 miles southeast of Gilcrest. An unknown quantity of oil, condensate and produced water was released. The historically impacted soil was found after cutting and plugging at the wellhead. Excavations and assessment are ongoing.

» OIL AND GAS EXTRACTION INC reported on April 22 a recent dumping of tank batteries near Weld 72 and 39 in Eaton. Less than 1 barrel of condensate spilled. Bleeding the compressor released 15 gallons of fluid during routine maintenance. An oil mist left the northeastern part of the platform due to high winds in the area.

» NOBLE ENERGY INC reported on April 22 a recent tank battery spill near Weld 61 and 46, about 8 miles southeast of Kersey. A release of 1 barrel into the containment occurred following an overflow of water produced in the vessel.

» PDC ENERGY INC reported on April 22 a historic well spill near Weld 52 and 25 in Greeley. An unknown quantity of oil and produced water was released. The operator found a wellhead reject. Cleanup and delineation are ongoing.

» FUNDARE RESOURCES OPERATING COMPANY LLC reported on April 22 a recent tank battery spill near Weld 133 and 120, about 25 miles north of New Raymer. Between 5 and 100 barrels of produced water spilled. A release of 32 barrels of produced water was found inside the building. Site glass that shattered due to the wind hitting the building caused the leak. The leak was isolated and a vacuum truck began cleaning.

» KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP reported on April 18 a historic dumping of tank batteries near Weld 44 and 11 in Burgdorf. An unknown quantity of oil, condensate and produced water was released. Contaminated soil was found at the inlet of the separator during plugging, abandonment and removal of the flowline. Evaluation is ongoing and volume of release is unknown.

» KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP reported on April 21 a historic well spill near Weld 38 and 35, about 5 miles southeast of Gilcrest. An unknown quantity of oil, condensate and produced water was released. The historically impacted soil was found after the flowline was cut, capped and abandoned at the location. Excavations and assessment are ongoing.

» KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP April 21 reported a historic tank battery spill near Weld 39 and 34, about 9 miles northeast of Platteville. An unknown quantity of oil, condensate and produced water was released. Historically impacted soil was found in the aboveground storage tank and produced water vessel during decommissioning. Excavations and assessment are ongoing.

» KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP reported on April 20 a historic well spill near Weld 28 and 2, about 5 miles southwest of Platteville. An unknown quantity of oil, condensate and produced water was released. The historically impacted soil was found after cutting and plugging at the wellhead. Excavations and assessment are ongoing.

» KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP reported on April 19 a historic tank battery spill near Northup Avenue and 9th Street in Fort Lupton. An unknown quantity of oil, condensate and produced water was released. Historically impacted soil was found in the produced water tank during decommissioning. Excavations and assessment are ongoing.

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