Flood-generated oil, gas spills total 27,000 gallons

DENVER - State officials are now tracking at least 18 oil and gas releases connected to the flooding in Colorado.

On Monday the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission reported that it is tracking what it called eight "notable" releases and 10 additional locations with some evidence of a release of oil.

COGCC reported two new releases over the weekend -- a 36-barrel release at a Noble location between Evans and LaSalle and a 26-barrel release at an Anadarko location near Johnstown.

Two spills were reported on Friday along the South Platte near Evans -- 56 barrels, or about 2,400 gallons, from an Anadarko Petroleum Corp. site and 21 barrels, or about 800 gallons, from a Bayswater Exploration and Production facility.

The state agency is reporting confirmed releases of 641 barrels or 27,000 gallons.

COGCC is also tracking another 33 locations where it said there appears to be damage to tanks or other equipment, but no obvious indication of a release.

"COGCC continues efforts to access all of these locations, to evaluate conditions and determine extent of releases, if any," officials said in a news release sent to 7NEWS.

Approximately 1,300 wells remain shut-in following the flood.

"Some sites are inaccessible for physical inspection, while others will require repairs ranging from minor to substantial before wells on location can return to production," COGCC said.

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