As oil and gas drilling grows in Colorado, so do the number of spills that can take their toll on the environment and result in fines for the facility owners.
Since January 1, 2015, oil and gas companies have reported 35 spills to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the state agency that regulates natural gas drilling.
The COGCC requires oil and gas companies to report spills ranging 210 gallons — the equivalent of five “barrels” — to incidents involving thousands of gallons that could contaminate waterways. The reporting threshold is smaller when a spill leaks out of a storage tank and out of secondary containment, another reason why owners should consider installing secondary containment liners from VersaFlex.
If a spill is smaller than 210 gallons but is stopped by secondary containment, the state does not require formal reporting but does expect companies to properly clean it up.
Records show in 2014 companies reported 712 spills in Colorado, in all, releasing more than a million gallons of oil and other contaminants.
Avoid fines and protect the environment, install polyurea secondary containment liners.