Fracking fluid spills in canyon

Colorado Highway 65 is closed temporarily Friday in both directions as emergency crews clean up a spill at mile marker 55 in Plateau Canyon. A 330-gallon container of fracking fluid on a BJ Services Co. truck was punctured, spilling about 100 gallons. None of the liquid reached nearby Plateau Creek.

Fluids used for drilling wells spilled from a truck on Colorado Highway 65 on Friday morning but did not enter Plateau Creek, according to Plateau Valley Fire Protection District Chief Randy Leach.

Leach said a BJ Services Co. truck was hauling a 330-gallon tote of fracking fluid when the load shifted. As a towing company was readjusting the load, the tote accidentally was punctured, spilling about 100 gallons of the fluid, Leach said.

Leach said Grand Junction’s Hazardous Material team assessed the situation, and workers from the two companies involved pumped the spilled material back into a clean container.

“They put booms down and dug a trench. They did exactly what they were supposed to do,” Leach said.

The road was closed from 9 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m.


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