WELD COUNTY, CO – SEPTEMBER 14: A floating tank leaks an unknown fluid on flooded farm Weld County Colorado Saturday morning, September 14, 2103. (Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post). See more at denverpost.com
The Dallas City Plan Commission should be feeling pretty good right about now. They voted to deny permits to drill and build a gas processing plant in the park land flood plain. Colorado residents aren’t so lucky because in Weld County the flood plains that is filled with oil & gas wells is now covered with water. Surprise, Surprise.
The water is washing away under pipelines causing them to separate and leak. “Oil drums, tanks and other industrial debris mixed into the swollen river flowing northeast.”
In a statement, Gary Wockner, of Clean Water Action, said “Fracking and operating oil and gas facilities in floodplains is extremely risky. Flood waters can topple facilities and spread oil, gas, and cancer-causing fracking chemicals across vast landscapes making contamination and clean-up efforts exponentially worse and more complicated.” Denver Post
Here is a video of Longmont.
We hope our friends in Colorado are safe. Lot of us downstreamers are watching.