More oil tank spills reported from Colo. floods

DENVER — Federal authorities have been notified of two more storage tank spills in a sprawling Colorado oil field partially swamped by floodwaters.

Friday’s reports include a 2,400 gallon oil spill and another of unknown volume, both into the South Platte River. The sites were reported to be inaccessible and no cleanup work was immediately planned.

The new spills bring the known volume of oil released to date in northern Colorado from four tanks or tank farms to an estimated 21,200 gallons. That’s about 500 barrels.

At least three of the storage tanks that failed were operated by Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum Co.

The company has said it will clean up as much spilled oil as possible. State officials say much of the oil has been carried at least some distance by floodwaters.


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