Fracking and Flooding in Colorado: The More We Know a Worse It Gets

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The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) reported 3 new spills currently from shop-worn oil and gas wells caused by a torrential rains and successive flooding that continues to beat a state of Colorado.

Oil workers try to lift a storage tank for condensate that was knocked over by floodwaters from a Platte River during an oil good site nearby LaSalle, CO, on Friday, Sept. 20. Condensate is a brew of oil and H2O that is pumped out of a ground. The tank was total and had not leaked. Numerous oil and gas good sites have been shop-worn by floodwaters via Colorado with several reports of spills. Photo credit: AP /Chris Schneider

Oil workers try to lift a storage tank for condensate that was knocked over by floodwaters from a Platte River during an oil good site nearby LaSalle, CO, on Friday, Sept. 20. Condensate is a brew of oil and H2O that is pumped out of a ground. The tank was total and had not leaked. Photo credit: AP/ Chris Schneider

As reported on EcoWatch final week, replaced condensate tanks nearby Greely and Kersey, CO, used to store glass rubbish from drilling operations, have sloping over and are leaking.

According to a Associated Pressthe 3 new spills include: 5,100 gallons of oil from a Noble Energy trickery easterly of Kersey; 2,500 gallons from a PDC Energy plcae easterly of Greeley; and an different volume from a Mineral Resources operation west of LaSalle. The 3 new spills were detected as inundate waters began to recede. This brings a volume of wanton spilled to some-more than 34,500 gallons, or about 822 barrels, so distant since flooding began.

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Liquid leaks from a tank south of Milliken, CO, Thursday morning, Sept. 19, as inundate waters are starting to incline from final weeks floods. Photo credit: AP Photo/The Denver Post/ Andy Cross

“The some-more we know, a worse it gets, and it’s not over yet,” said Gary Wockner of Clean Water Action. “The State of Colorado needs to continue inspecting and reporting, and afterwards contrast H2O and dirt for contamination.” 

The COGCC teams are now tracking 11 “notable leaks” though continued to be hampered by soppy and slow-going conditions.

“The attention needs to purify it adult and be hold accountable,” Wockner continued. “Afterwards, a state needs to trigger new manners for drilling and fracking nearby rivers and in floodplains to avert this kind of disaster in a future.” 

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