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178 barrels of oil spill into Colorado’s only designated wild and scenic river

Published time: June 21, 2014 10:03
FILE PHOTO: Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

FILE PHOTO: Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

A 7,500-gallon storage tank of crude oil has completely drained into the scenic Cache La Poudre, Colorado's only designated National Wild and Scenic River, southeast of Fort Collins.

Vegetation was covered by an oil slick a quarter-mile downstream, but authorities claim “no drinking water intakes have been affected.”

The environmental disaster occurred at Noble Energy facility near Windsor in northern Colorado, in imminent proximity to the popular Poudre River Trail, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) reported late Friday afternoon.

Spring floods caved in the riverbank with a sat storage tank containing 178 barrels (roughly 7,500 gallons or over 28 tons) of crude oil. As a result the tank dropped from its foundation and broke a discharge valve, so all of the oil inside just flowed out right into the river, polluting the water and vegetation several hundred meters downstream.

Cache La Poudre River (Photo from

A statement issued by the Colorado Department of Natural Resources maintained that no drinking water intakes have been affected by the spill, said Todd Hartman, a representative of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.

“The release is not ongoing,” he said, adding that the well near the tank has been shut in.

A similar tank next to the damaged one remained intact.

The operator of the oil storage facility reported the incident to Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and State Department of Public Health and Environment.

A combined response team from these organizations and Noble Energy have been deployed to the area.

The clean-up crew deployed skimming absorbent material everywhere oil could be seen and used a vacuum truck to remove oil-contaminated water from the low area around the tank.

Comments (49)


Charles Hayes 03.08.2014 11:23

Our leaders represent themselves and those who pay them big money to what they are told


PeoplesParadigm 26.06.2014 13:15

If the U.S. People are so misrepresented why on earth do we still play by the rules that impoverish and oppress us? NO reasonable person would hire ANY of these asshats in office. That's a fact!

Yet we settle for sociopathic failures and then FIGHT for the right to vote for them. That's idiocy. That's pathetic!

G et every one of them out! Stop making excuses for Capitalism and defy non-leaders. Demand real winners in office and embrace something new!

We don't need this chronic failure. We need to back up our assertions that we're a great nation of courageous people. Not apathetic fat racists and tyrants.


Nick Ross 25.06.2014 15:59

And people are pushing for more oil and gas production in Colorado... that's awesome...NOT! Prime example that stuff has no business around our waters. call it radical, but when you have one river that's wild and scenic, there should be no wells even close to it... such a big mistake

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