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Oil and gas spills increased in 2017

By: Bruce Finley, The Denver Post
January 12, 2018 Updated: January 12, 2018 at 8:36 am
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Pipes pump water mixed with sand into a well, for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, using a technique, Tuesday, April 12, 2011, called hdro-fracking to release oil from shale formations deep in the earth at a well near Franktown. Fracking has been a useful tool for production, but critics say it could threaten groundwater. RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

Oil and gas spills across Colorado increased in 2017 after two years of decline, with companies reporting nearly a dozen mishaps per week — including numerous leaks along pipelines and at least six cases in which hydrocarbons flowed directly into waterways.

A review of the latest state data also shows 22 incidents under investigation in which gas apparently contaminated domestic water wells.

The industrial spills disclosed to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission show continuing environmental harm as the total number of active wells statewide surpassed 55,000. Oil and gas companies in 2017 produced oil and gas worth about $10.6 billion.

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