Thursday, April 26, 2012
Denver Environmental Protection Agency responders have found that oil spills in Colorado’s wildlife-rich North Park area are hurting a creek — and they have launched an effort to assess damage.
Oil stains extend from Lone Pine Gas facilities for about 1.25 miles along shorelines of Spring Gulch Creek. Besides oil, Englewood-based Lone Pine — with state permission — has been releasing 200,000 to 400,000 gallons of treated drilling wastewater directly into creek waters per day, raising landowner concerns.
The EPA has begun to assess the damage along the creek, which flows into Hell Creek and then into the North Fork of the North Platte River.
A Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission inspector planned to join an EPA coordinator Thursday.
“We got a call from concerned landowners on April 3. We were up there by April 5,” EPA spokesman Matthew Allen said. The EPA “is categorizing the types of damage along the shoreline to determine the best cleanup actions for the responsible party to take.”
North Park oil spills
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