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Fort Collins-area fracking fluid leak stopped after spewing for 30 hours

coloradoan.com -- The company drilling at the site north of Windsor has been involved in 32 spills in Colorado during the past year.

Oil-laden fracking fluid gushed from an oil well near Fort Collins for nearly 30 hours before it was stopped Tuesday afternoon.

A hydraulic failure around 9:30 a.m. Monday caused a piece of equipment to fall onto a valve and break it at the drilling site 4 miles east of Fort Collins. A horizontal stream of green-tinted fluid flowed from the valve for nearly a day and half before crews gained control of it.

The workers had the flow stopped shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday. The well operator, PDC Energy, planned to bring in a crew from Texas to stop the gushing liquid, which company officials say was contained by an earthen berm.

There were no injuries and no threat of a


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 5:48:56 AM

32 spills and nothing has been done to put them out of business by making them clean up the mess? Well, no surprise, honestly.
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 6:29:32 AM

GOOD!
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 5:19:10 AM

Dooooh
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Amplion
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:46:52 AM

BAN FRACKING
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NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 10:15:13 PM


Who are you kidding 357revo? 32 toxic spills by the same firm in one year in one state is not "an accident". It is imcompetence and mismanagement. Letting the latest go for 30 hours is incredible. Sounds more like no one was around to man a safety shutoff valve or a safety shutoff was totally absent!

Some "accident" times 32!

[Edited by: NHLiveFree at 2/14/2013 12:16:17 AM EST]
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NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 10:10:03 PM


Are you kidding YLHandyman??? 32 spills of this poison by the same drilling firm in one year in one state is utterly absurd. How can you brush this off or make any excuse for this incompetent firm unless you're a stockholder or oil investor/speculator?

Again 32 by one firm over just one year. This company should be banned from every state!
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KAR120CSII
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 6:30:47 PM

Big oil and gas run Colorado.
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PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 1:43:57 PM


Hey Colorado, how do you like your drinking water with toxic fracking pollution? 32 spills? This company should have been stopped after the first one.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 10:53:40 AM

Consequences?
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95Vette
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 9:44:09 AM

And this company has been in invovled in 32 spills.. and it has just now gotten the state's attention?????? they must be good at hiding.
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WestMichigan
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 9:38:19 AM

Nice black eye for the industry that is otherwise reasonably safe.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 9:35:59 AM

What a drag, man...
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YLHandyman
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 9:34:59 AM

Problems happen all the time. We expect this to be perfect. Yet look how many oil tankers sink every year. We only hear about one or two every fe years through the media. Still less enviromental damage than a ship full of oil.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 9:33:10 AM

But it is sooooooo safe, how could this happen?
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peakkeller
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 9:32:19 AM

Ugh
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pleinyeux
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 9:26:15 AM

Acccidents will happen .....sorrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyy
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357revo
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 9:04:53 AM

The reason that this article is in the news is because such an accident is so rare, given the thousands of wells drilled without a mishap.

Get real people. The leak was contained. Nobody was injured. The state and local authorities agree there's no environmental threat.

Hyping this as a reason to disallow fracking is equivalent to banning the automobile because somebody ran into a tree with one.

Unfortunately, there are plenty of low information voters out there willing to be useful idiots to the anti-fracking program being financed by the Saudi oil cabal.
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thirstyauto
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 8:57:00 AM

Definitely an article written to create hard feelings towards fracking.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 8:40:57 AM

Like ALL manufacturing companies...acccidents WILL happen. Depends upon your agenda what you want to see!!!
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 8:40:12 AM

Without knowing how much fluid was spilled, this article seems to be more hype than fact.
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Holly123
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 8:38:36 AM

Yikes! 30 hours?
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 8:02:23 AM

"...the gushing liquid, which company officials say was contained by an earthen berm..."

Do these well operators think we are all STUPID? Earthen berms may contain the liquid, but the toxic chemicals can now leach back into the earth and contaminate the Fort Collins water supply, just like rain water and snow melt can leach into the earth (but rain water and snow are benign, not toxic like fracking liquid)...
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357revo
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 8:00:50 AM

@boatman, who said: "more human error or just plan bad planning"

Read the article. This was an accident caused initially by the failure of a hydraulic line. That toppled equipment onto a valve that caused the pipe to fracture and release fracking fluid under pressure.

A comparable accident on a small scale, if one of the heater hoses on your car engine cracks while the engine is on, the coolant will blow out until the pressure decreases or the engine is turned off. Big difference in the pressures involved, big difference in the amount of fluid under pressure, and, since the pressure is all in thousands of feet of pipe down to the horizontal drilled well, no way to turn off the "engine".

Up it another order of magnitude, and you've got the BP pipe crushed in the Gulf.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:45:51 AM

Shut them down.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:39:14 AM

What a fracking problem...!
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:37:48 AM

Fort Collins-area fracking fluid leak stopped after spewing for 30 hours! Spewing for 30 hours? - sounds like a week long drunk gone bad. Fracking fluid leak and possible pollution to the underground water resources and surface well water with flammable vapors? Tighten up the fracking controls and regulations and stop this fracking nonsense!
Big Oil and Big Gas sells fuel and natural gas on the world market for higher prices.
The US ‘oil and natural gas resources’ belong to the citizens of this country and are to be used by those same citizens! These resources are Not to be exported without taking care of the domestic market first.
Drive vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:35:15 AM

I think I am glad I am not their insurance company.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:31:00 AM

32 spills in a year! THat's insane. What is the EPA doing besides sitting on it's duff? What about the environmentalists? Or can't they be bothered now that the drilling is going on?
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:25:59 AM

32 spills in the last year alone? This company needs to be investigated and prosecuted.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:19:53 AM

At least the problem was contained - this time, at least. What can be done to keep it from happening again?
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:18:42 AM

fracking is not safe. they need to make it more safe to protect the communities.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:15:55 AM

Probably will not be the last accident with fracking.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:15:39 AM

After 32 leaks in one year why is this company still allowed the drill? Oh I now, the Dept. of Interior is watching porn movies again like they were when BP sprung their famous leak in the GULF. Our great government NOT AT WORK AGAIN.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:14:43 AM

doh !
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:14:37 AM

wow. a mess
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:14:09 AM

Good news...
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RichardoB
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:14:09 AM

32 spills? Shut this company down.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:14:01 AM

ditto livedream
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:13:42 AM

better get busy cleaning it up
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:13:41 AM

Uhm....OSHA...what is Plan-B?
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:13:18 AM

Not good.
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livedream
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:12:58 AM

I completely agree with pmc3 --

"Sounds like THIS company needs to be SHUT DOWN completely!!!"
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:12:51 AM

Yummy. Anti-freeze in the drinking water.
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cheli2010
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:12:01 AM

hmmm obviously there was no back up plan on this...
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:11:57 AM

Great! Now, the environmentalist and their friends in the media will point to this to eliminate fracking. Anything they can use to prevent us from accessing the tremendous supplies of oil and gas we have in this country.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:11:27 AM

not good, clean it up
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:11:25 AM

Sounds like we are bypassing normal safety procedures in our headlong rush to "frack" every well we know of.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:11:25 AM

There's always going to be problems to take care of.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:11:20 AM

Tell me again why we're supposed to trust Big Oil to be safe?
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 7:11:02 AM

It takes 30 hours to shut off a pipe?
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