Garfield County second quarter oil and gas spills |

Garfield County second quarter oil and gas spills

Ryan Summerlin

Oil and gas operators in Garfield County reported seven spills in the second quarter of 2017.

Encana Oil & Gas USA reported a spill April 3 of about 1.5 barrels of condensate, some of which breached secondary containment, south of Rifle. This spill occurred at a well pad where the fluids were being transferred from a tank to a truck. The spill, which the company reported as caused by human error when the truck was overfilled, was then sucked up and the impacted soil excavated. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission listed this incident resolved on the same day.

TEP Rocky Mountain reported a spill from a well pad of an estimated five to 10 barrels of produced water north of Parachute on May 25. Some of this fluid was reported to have breached containment. The incident is not yet listed as resolved.

Ursa Operating Co. reported a spill of approximately seven barrels of drilling fluid in Battlement Mesa on May 26. This spill came from a drilling mud tank during transport, and some of this spill breached containment. A hydro vac truck reportedly recovered all the spilled fluid, according to Ursa’s spill report. The incident, caused by human error, was listed as resolved on June 9.

Black Hills Plateau Production reported on May 30 a spill on approximately 95 barrels of produced water from a tank battery northwest of De Beque. Though the water had tested negative for corrosive materials, corrosion in the tank produced a hole, according to a spill report. All of the fluids were contained in a lined secondary containment structure, according to Black Hills. This incident is still listed as unresolved.

Laramie Energy reported a spill on June 2 of an estimated 60 barrels of fluid west of Parachute. The company estimates that about 59 barrels of this spill were produced water while about one barrel was of condensate. The spill originated from a valve on a tank was found leaking, according to Laramie Energy. The spill did not escape secondary containment and was recovered with a van truck.

Encana Oil & Gas USA reported a spill June 5 of about six barrels of produced water from a well pad south of Rifle. Some of this spill breached containment, and the incident has not yet been resolved.

Encana Oil & Gas USA reported a spill on June 5 of about 20 barrels of produced water from a tank battery south of Rifle. This spill did not breach containment, according to the company. A small hole had corroded in the tank, and a water truck recovered all the fluids. This spill was listed as resolved on June 13.

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