News sources have reported that a 6 in. Chevron Pipe Line Company pipeline recently spilt approximately 4800 gal. (over 100 bbls) of crude oil on on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land in in Rio Blanco County (Colorado). The company is currently undertaking a cleanup operation while it, alongside authorities, look into the cause of the pipeline leak.
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The Denver Post reported: “The spill […] was contained in a siphon dam about a mile and a half from Stinking Water Creek, according to a news release from Chevron and the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office.”
The leak was discovered on 5 March by Chevron personnel before the line was shut off. The leak was contained using a small dam that had been installed downstream of the pipeline. Crews continue to recover the oil and clean impacted areas.
BLM spokesman, David Boyd, claimed that the spill was initially estimated at more than 50 000 gallons. However, Erika Conner, a spokesperson for Chevron, stated that the early reports included a mix of recovered oil and water. Both Boyd and Conner stated that no water had been impacted by the spill.
Read the article online at: https://www.worldpipelines.com/equipment-and-safety/16032017/chevron-pipeline-cleanup-underway/