Toxic Release: Colorado Oil & Gas Spills in 2013

Nov 18, 2013

By Center for Western Priorities

 

395 Spills Were Reported To The COGCC
  • Since January 1, 2013 oil and gas companies reported 395 spills
  • In October, 2013 oil and gas companies were responsible for 43 spills in Colorado
23% Of Spills Resulted In Water Contamination

 

54 Spills Impacted Groundwater

 

38 Spills Impacted Surface Water
  • 171 Spills occurred within 1,000 feet of surface water
  • 115 Spills occurred within 500 feet of surface water
  • 118 Spills occurred less than 50 feet from groundwater
  • 31 Spills occurred between 50 and 100 feet from groundwater

groundwater

surface-water

  • 54 Spills occurred in within 1,500 feet of cows, pigs, sheep, or other livestock
  • 187 Spills occurred within 1,500 feet of a building
  • 54 Spills were larger than 1,000 square feet in size
  • 297 Spills were the result of equipment failure of human error

 

Citation: Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, http://cogcc.state.co.us/cogis/IncidentSearch.asp