Work crews are dismantling a flood-damaged storage tank so they can remove oil-stained soil from an area where about 7,200 gallons of crude leaked into a northern Colorado river.
Todd Hartman, a spokesman for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, said Noble Energy, which operates the tank, has been cleaning up the site on the Poudre River near Windsor since they discovered the leak June 24.
The bank next to the storage tank ended up undercut by the high spring river flows, causing it to drop and break a valve.
Hartman said no drinking water intakes on the Poudre ended up affected by the spill. Environmental officials took soil samples along the path of the spill and will analyze them at a lab.
Noble Energy discovered the spill and reported it to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), the state’s regulatory agency for the oil and gas industry. About 178 barrels of oil dumped into the river.