Fact: Just one gallon of oil can contaminate a million gallons of water!
"If the drinking water is contaminated, many health risks can result: ...a component of gasoline, benzene, is known to be a carcinogen.." (Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality)Polluted water is a serious risk, and the fact that hundreds of oil and gas wells in Weld County are situated in the flooded areas, and may be leaking oil and chemicals, adds to the danger. See a list of various contaminants that can mix with surface water during a flood.
"A spokesman for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said the agency is aware of the potential for contamination from flooded drilling sites, but there simply is no way to get to those sites while flooding is ongoing and while resources are concentrated on saving lives. (Boulder Daily Camera)
Here a sampling by Weld Air and Water members and others, of the many hundreds of oil and gas wells in the flooded areas. Though some were taken by the Greeley Tribune and Denver Post, nothing was mentioned about the hazards that oil and chemicals in these tanks pose to the people who rely on these rivers for their drinking water, or who will consume food grown in fields previously flooded!
A photo by Andy Cross shows what looks like oil floating on the water.
A toppled oil condensate tank in Evans. (Greeley Tribune)
Outside of Kersey (Greeley Tribune)
Cache la Poudre river (Bob Winkler)
Near South Platte river, Evans (Carl Erickson)
Cache la Poudre (Paula Powell)
Conflux of S. Platte and Big Thompson, 54th St.Rd. (Laurie Lareau)
Tank tipping over. (Laurie Lareau)
Water is receding. (Laurie Lareau)
More tanks in the water in the same area. (Laurie Lareau)
Along the South Platte river.(kathywoztompkins-Facebook)
O&G employee: "Line break; gas has been blowing for 2 days. N.E. of Kersey"
Inundated drill rig east of U.S. 85 near Evans. Note the oil slick on the left.