Oil and fracking chemicals spill into Colorado’s floodwaters

Posted: September 18, 2013 by earthfirstdurango in fracking, oil & gas, water
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YOU CAN HELP! The terrible flooding in Colorado struck the heart of one of the busiest oil and gas fields in the country. Amid concerns that chemicals and #fracking fluids from these facilities are contaminating the water, we need your help documenting these problems! http://coflood.skytruth.org/  Just take a photo of the site and report it to SkyTruth, a nonprofit that uses remote sensing and mapping to expose environmental dangers. It's easy to do and will greatly help them map areas of high concern! Here's the link: http://coflood.skytruth.org/  You should also report the problem to Colorado's Oil and Gas Commission: http://ow.ly/oZYwc Please SHARE or LIKE especially if you have friends or family in Colorado that can help out!  (photos courtesy of East Boulder County United)

YOU CAN HELP! The terrible flooding in Colorado struck the heart of one of the busiest oil and gas fields in the country. Amid concerns that chemicals and #fracking fluids from these facilities are contaminating the water, we need your help documenting these problems! http://coflood.skytruth.org/ Just take a photo of the site and report it to SkyTruth, a nonprofit that uses remote sensing and mapping to expose environmental dangers. It’s easy to do and will greatly help them map areas of high concern! Here’s the link: http://coflood.skytruth.org/ You should also report the problem to Colorado’s Oil and Gas Commission: http://ow.ly/oZYwc Please SHARE especially if you have friends or family in Colorado that can help out! (photos courtesy of East Boulder County United)

By , Grist.org

Heavy rains returned to Colorado on Sunday and hampered rescue efforts after last week’s flash floods. The confirmed death toll has risen to seven, and hundreds are still unaccounted for. An estimated 1,500 homes are destroyed. Some 1,000 people in Larimer County, north of Boulder, were awaiting airlifts that never came on Sunday — they were called off because of the foul weather.

The floods have also triggered other problems that have gotten a lot less media attention: Fracking infrastructure has been inundated and its toxic contents have spilled out. Pipelines that transport fossil fuels are sagging and snapping under pressure. Tanks that store chemicals and polluted water are being overwhelmed and toppling over. Oil and gas wells are flooding.

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Colorado Floodwaters Cover Fracking And Oil Projects: ‘We Have No Idea What Those Wells Are Leaking’

By Rebecca Leber, ThinkProgress.org

CREDIT: East Boulder County UnitedColorado flooding has not only overwhelmed roads and homes, but also the oil and gas infrastructure stationed in one of the most densely drilled areas in the U.S. Although oil companies have shut down much of their operations in Weld County due to flooding, nearby locals say an unknown amount of chemicals has leaked out and possibly contaminated waters, mixing fracking fluids and oil along with sewage, gasoline, and agriculture pesticides.

“You have 100, if not thousands, of wells underwater right now and we have no idea what those wells are leaking,” East Boulder County United spokesman Cliff Willmeng said Monday. “It’s very clear they are leaking into the floodwaters though.”

Photographs shared by East Boulder County United, a Colorado environmental group that opposes hydraulic fracturing, show many tanks have been ruptured and others floating in the flood. At least one pipeline has been confirmed broken and leaking.

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U.S.34 outside Greeley ripped apart by the South Platte River. (Tim Rasmussen, The Denver Post)

U.S.34 outside Greeley ripped apart by the South Platte River. (Tim Rasmussen, The Denver Post)

5,250 gallons of oil spills into South Platte River

By Bruce Finley and Ryan Parker, The Denver Post

MILLIKEN — Industry crews have placed absorbent booms in the South Platte River south of Milliken where at least 5,250 gallons of crude oil has spilled from two tank batteries into the flood-swollen river.

The spill from a damaged tank was reported to the Colorado Department of Natural Resources Wednesday afternoon by Anadarko Petroleum, as is required by state law.

State officials have responded to the spill site, which is south of Milliken near where the St. Vrain River flows into the South Platte.

Nearly 1,900 oil and gas wells in flooded areas of Colorado are shut, and 600 industry personnel are inspecting and repairing sites, according to the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. Crews are inspecting operations, conducting aerial and ground surveillance, identifying and determining locations of possible impairments, the association said Tuesday.

Anadarko, the second-largest operator in the operator in the Denver-Julesburg Basin, has shut about 10 percent of its operations — 250 tank batteries and 670 wells.

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