Blac Frac spills barrels of fluid near Parachute

A Williams Production RMT contractor whose employee intentionally dumped drilling fluids earlier this month was involved in another spill while working on behalf of Williams this week, a state official says.

Steve Gunderson, director of the state’s Water Quality Control Division, said both incidents involved a company called Blac Frac Tanks, of Parachute.

In the first incident on Oct. 10, a Blac Frac driver picked up a load of condensate from a flowback tank on a Williams well pad west of Rifle, then drove it to a dry drainage and opened a valve, releasing about 50 barrels of the fluid, state investigative documents indicate. The fluid, which contained some oil, traveled about 2,700 feet down the drainage, within a mile and a half of the Colorado River.

Gunderson said he didn’t have details on this week’s spill. However, it appeared to have occurred at a Williams location rather than off site, he said.

Williams spokeswoman Donna Gray said the spill involved about 30 barrels of fluid, but she didn’t know what kind. It happened on Williams’ Allen Point lease north of Parachute, and Williams reported it immediately, she said. She didn’t have further details Friday.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission issued Williams a notice of alleged violation in connection with the first incident and will do the same in the case of the second one, Gunderson said.


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