Colorado

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.

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