Colorado, where fatal floods have already displaced hundreds, is now faced with another challenge: cleaning up the 13,500 gallons of oil that spilled into the South Platte River this week. It was the first major oil spill in the flooded areas where there is a massive network of oil and gas wells.
The spills were reported by Anadarko Petroleum Corp, the second-largest operator in the Denver-Julesburg Basin. It claims to have shut down around 10 percent of its enterprise, including 250 batteries and 670 wells.
To date, we are aware of two tank batteries that were damaged by flood waters, and have associated light-oil releases… We are actively working under the oversight of these agencies to contain and clean up the releases to the greatest extent possible. We will continue to provide additional information as appropriate.