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Oil, gas spill reports for July 20

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.

Kerr McGee Oil & Gas Onshore LP reported on Wednesday that on Monday a valve was left open during a fluid transfer. About 10 barrels of oil was released. Excavation activities were initiated to remove impacted soil.

DCP Midstream LP reported on Monday that an unmarked DCP Midstream line was struck by a KP-Kuffman excavator while doing work on a tank battery outside of Longmont. It is estimated that between one and five barrels of condensate was spilled.

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PDC Energy Inc. reported on July 10 that a historic release was discovered outside of a produced water vault outside of Milliken. It is unknown how much produced water was spilled. Wells were shut, the vault was emptied and excavation of contaminated material began. Soil encountered during excavation was field screened for VOC using PID.

Foundation Energy Management LLC reported on July 10 that a flowline leak was discovered July 8 outside of New Raymer. It is estimated that about five barrels of oil was spilled and between five and 100 barrels of produced water was spilled. Roughly 30 barrels leaked were contained and vacuumed up.

Whiting Oil and Gas Corp. reported on July 9 that an operator discovered a pipeline leak outside of New Raymer. It is estimated that less than 100 barrels of condensate released. The free liquids were contained with soil and the pipeline was closed in. The impacted soils were excavated and placed on a liner to be treated on site.

Bill Barrett Corp reported on July 8 that a hole in the bottom of a water tank released roughly 40 barrels of produced water into lined containment outside of Briggsdale. The cause of the leak is still under investigation.

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