Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Greeley Tribune on oil spilled: 'Small Potatoes'

From the Greeley Tribune which in its print edition headline dared call the spills "Small Potatoes". That is their choice of words. When you read the article you will find that no official ever said the spills are  'insignificant' either, or else Dunn could have, should have quoted them.
"While the new estimate of oil released from flood-damaged tanks has grown to almost 35,000 gallons, officials believe it really is just a minute part of a much bigger problem. Floodwaters quickly became a toxic soup of wastewater, raw sewage, industrial and household chemicals, agricultural waste and chemicals rushing downstream.  
Oil and gas releases, officials said, have been so small it’s almost immaterial. “There were likely hundreds of millions of gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage, and that is the larger public health concern,” said Mark Salley, spokesman for the state Department of Public Health and Environment..."
But, at least the "hundreds of millions of gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage.." are biodegradable. Not so much the oil, and remember that 1 gallon of oil contaminates 1000 gallons of water. So, 35,000 gallons of oil has the potential of polluting 35,000,000 gallons. That is significant!

Gary Wockner, Colorado Director of Clean Water Action shared this:
"The more we know, the worse it gets, and it's not over yet. The State of Colorado needs to continue inspecting and reporting, and then testing water and soil for contamination. The industry needs to clean it up and be held accountable. Afterwards, the State needs to initiate new rules for drilling and fracking near rivers and in floodplains to avert this kind of disaster in the future." -- Gary Wockner, Clean Water Action

Who could argue with that, since spills keep occurring even when the weather is not to blame. The Greeley Tribune regularly shares spill reports. Read a recent one here.


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