Oil spills now exceed 25,000 gallons due to Colorado flooding


An oil tank floats on its side in flood waters near the intersection of Industrial Parkway and Brantner Avenue in Evans.

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MILLIKEN, Colo. — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) said Saturday the total amount of oil spills due to Colorado flooding is now exceeding more than 25,000 gallons.

That’s equivalent to about two, 300-barrel oil storage tanks.

The latest number comes after 3,108 gallons of oil leaked from a Noble location near Milliken.

COGCC personnel said that wet and muddy high-water conditions are making accessing the wells more difficult for surveyors.

According to Colorado Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Todd Hartman, COGCC teams have assessed 35 percent of oil and gas-related areas impacted by Colorado’s recent flooding.

There are now 12 locations with visible evidence of oil spills, including two recently confirmed into the South Platte River near Evans.

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