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 which 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 are typically found during routine maintenance on existing wells, though some actual “spills” do occur among the 22,000-plus wells in the county.
Kerr McGee Oil & Gas Onshore LP, reported on Jan. 22 that during routine inspection a release was discovered at a production facility outside of Platteville. It is approximated that 12 barrels of crude oil and three barrels of produced water were released. Fluids did not breach the steel lined berm. Material that was impacted will be removed and transported to a landfill. Soil confirmation samples will be collected.
Kerr McGee Oil & Gas Onshore LP, reported on Jan. 23 that during a routine inspection, outside of Longmont a release was discovered at a production facility. It is approximated that nine barrels of crude oil were spilled within the lined steel berm, fluids were not released outside of containment. Impacted material will be removed and disposed of and a soil confirmation sample will be collected for confirmation.
Ward Petroleum Corp., reported on Jan. 23 that a pumper noticed a spill after examining a well that had not produced for two days outside of Nunn. The leak was determined to be from a split flowline. The well was immediately shut in and a backhoe was ordered to enable a temporary berm construction that would keep the spill from navigating further. It is approximated that 15 barrels were released from the pumper. The location has been scheduled to be assessed by the BLM, COGCC and the forestry service, in order to properly re-mediate the spill.
Noble Energy Inc., reported on Jan. 26 that during the removal of a water vault, impacts were discovered, outside of Keenesburg. It is approximated that less than five barrels of produced water spilled. Soil and groundwater were tested and confirmed to have exceeded COGCC standards. All production equipment was shut in and an excavation has been scheduled.
Kerr McGee Oil & Gas Onshore LP, reported on Jan. 26 that during abandonment activities a historical spill was discovered outside of Fort Lupton. It is unknown the amount of produced water that was released, but it was approximated to have been less than five barrels. Approximately 200 cubic yards of impacted material was excavated and disposed of at a regional landfill. A sub-surface investigation is ongoing at this time.
Kerr McGee Oil & Gas Onshore LP, reported on Jan. 26 that during abandonment activities a historical release was discovered at a production facility. It is unknown the amount of oil spill that was released, but it is approximated that less than five barrels spilled. Impacted material was excavated and transported to a landfill. A sub-surface investigation is ongoing.
Bayswater Exploration and Production LLC, reported on Jan. 27 that a produced water release was traced to a leak in a dump line in between a separator, outside of Fort Lupton. It is approximated that one barrel of produced water was released. A vacuum truck helped re-mediate the spill and soil will be submitted for an analysis. The pipeline has been scheduled to be replaced.
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