Feb 12, 2013 7:49 PM by Alyse Rzemek

Oil well near Fort Collins sprays flowback

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - After nearly 30 hours, oil-laden fracking fluid has stopped spraying from an oil well east of Fort Collins.

The Coloradoan reports the well started spraying green-tinted fluid following a mechanical failure Monday morning. Ken Hall, who lives on property next to the well site, says workers stopped the leak around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission spokesman Todd Hartman says that after equipment fell due to hydraulic failure, a valve broke, leading to the discharge of flowback, which refers to hydraulic fracturing fluid that has returned to the surface after being injected into a well.

The well operator, PDC Energy, says a berm contained the liquid.

State oil and gas regulators say there were no injuries and no threat of explosion.


More News

Weather - Forecast
Story Photo

12 hours ago

Cooler Thursday

Windy early with blowing dust in some areas. Wind ending overnight tonight. An isolated thunderstorm possible early. Overnight low temperatures will drop...

Most Popular

Top Videos

1 2 3 4