FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- "There is no threat to public health at this time," is what Poudre Fire Authority officials said Friday afternoon as several agencies were responding to an oil spill in northeast Fort Collins.
"Emergency agencies were notified this morning of the spill," said a Poudre Fire Authority official through a Facebook post. "It started yesterday at a crude oil processing facility, 1229 E. County Road 54 (Douglas Road) owned by Prospect Energy," the official added.
The spill was stopped Thursday but there are an estimated 150 barrels of oil on the ground, according to the official.
"People should know that the drinking water is totally safe at this point," the post by Poudre Fire reads. "Experts also believe the potential is very remote that the spill could impact surrounding wildlife or other water sources in the area."
While drinking water for the City of Fort Collins comes from the Poudre River and Horsetooth Reservoir, experts at the scene said most of the oil was concentrated on the surface of the ground and emphasized that the public knows that the oil was contained to the spill site, according to the post.
Still, crews were monitoring possible impacts of the spill, including air quality. As of noon Friday, there was no need to evacuate nearby neighborhoods. Agencies are still working to determine how big the spill actually was in order to start the cleanup process.
Below, a map of where the spill was reported: