Spills on private land go unreported

Robert Ramos wonders why Noble Energy didn't notify him of a spill on his property over 4 years ago.

Robert Ramos wonders why Noble Energy didn’t notify him of a spill on his property over 4 years ago. [Photo courtesy KDNK]

The COGCC does not maintain a list of landowners with oil & gas activity on their property. Therefore it is left up to the operators to notify the landowners when a spill has occurred. But, no worries. According to the COGCC if you’re a landowner who wasn’t notified about a spill on your property, all you need to do is tell them and they will follow up on it.

Gas Spills on Private Property: Are some landowners left out of the loop?

Energy companies reported some 90 spills of hydrocarbons and oil and gas byproducts in Garfield County last year. Many of those spills took place on private property, where residents leased their land to drilling companies. But a KDNK news investigation reveals some of those residents were unaware that spills had taken place on their property—and that state regulators aren’t checking to make sure landowners are properly informed of spills. KDNK’s Ed Williams reports …

Go. Now. Listen to the entire report. Also at the website you will find an interactive map of spills in Garfield County in 2013. Maybe one of those spills is on your property. Better go check it out. Mr. Ramos didn’t know about the spill on his property until Ed Williams told him.

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2 Comments on “Spills on private land go unreported”

  1. Beth Strudley Says:

    “Oh My God!” (Spoken like a valley girl from the ’80’s) WPX reported a spill in the paper today………That idiot from WPX called it ‘An act of Mother Nature’. Is she on crack or what?!

  2. Peggy Tibbetts Says:

    No it’s not “an act of Mother Nature” — it’s shitty pipeline construction and no inspection during or after construction.

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