Colorado hunting ranch suing oil company over pipeline leak
GRAND JUNCTION — The owner of a Colorado big-game hunting ranch has sued an oil and gas company over a pipeline leak that the suit says contaminated the property and killed its planned $5 million sale.
The Daily Sentinel reported Monday the lawyers for Bishop Ranch LLC filed the suit against Encana July 18 in Rio Blanco County, where the ranch is located. The leak was discovered in June 2016.
The suit says condensate and/or produced water “impacted and contaminated the springs, surface water, ground water, vegetation, land, soil and sediment … onto the Bishop Ranch by way of a massive release of hazardous waste…”
It says the ranch was in the final stages of negotiations to be sold for $5 million but the leak kept the sale from being completed.
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The BLM will conduct an environmental assessment of the proposed wells needed to begin the NEPA process on the larger quarry expansion.