The West’s top three oil and gas producing states reported 8 spills a day in 2019

Feb 27, 2020

By Center for Western Priorities

In recent years, oil and gas production has soared around the West, impacting land, clean air and water, and local communities. A new analysis by the Center for Western Priorities finds that oil and gas companies reported 2,811 spills in Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico in 2019, nearly eight per day. Across the three states, drillers reported spilling 23,600 barrels of oil and 170,223 barrels of produced water — salty wastewater often laced with toxic chemicals.