Bill speeds reporting of oil, gas spills, toughens notification rules

A Routt County lawmaker is proposing legislation to require more and faster reporting of oil and gas spills, and far more notification of spills at a local level. The measure introduced…




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Hartman parrots Williams.
This latest blurb of stream recharges ground water propaganda is just that.

At any cross-section of the valley, the stream is the low point. All moisture going onto surrounding ground flows toward the stream and down valley. The stream can saturate ground in the stream bottom outward until pressure of surrounding ground water equals water level of stream. If you dig a trench in the ground bordering a stream laden with ground water, you will strike water at stream level or slightly higher depending on upstream meanders and recent moisture on ground and valley walls. The water will pour into your trench from both sides and the bottom seeking its head level (pressure balance). The flow of the water for both the stream and the ground water is down valley toward the river that stream is running to.  The hydrocarbon liquids follow the path of ground waters coming from valley walls and those hydrocarbon liquids will tend to “float” on the water where it interfaces. However, depending on the hydrocarbons, the BTEXs have a more soluble nature to their molecular structure and can interface with the water. So as long as there is ground water contact with the hydrocarbons, unless a coffer dam is built to lowest level of groundwater, it is impossible to stop the flow of hydrocarbons and ground water downstream. This also involves piping upstream stream water over/past the cofferdam.

This is the same dilemma facing the Suncor clean-up on the front range.

What they are hoping and doing right now is a reduction of hydrocarbons such that dispersion will dilute below danger levels - it will not prevent some downstream contamination!

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