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Dec 16, 2013 10:43 PM by Jennifer Horbelt

Colorado investigating unusual water, gas flow

DE BEQUE, Colo. (AP) - Water and gas have started flowing from a non-producing well in western Colorado, and state investigators want to know if a drilling procedure a half-mile away is to blame.

The Daily Sentinel reports that the well is in De Beque in Mesa County. A spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources tells the paper that state oil and gas investigators are trying to determine whether hydraulic fracturing of a nearby horizontal well outside De Beque is responsible.

The spokesman says no surface waters have been affected and that fluid at the surface has been captured in a trench and contained in a pit.

The well was drilled in 1981. It hasn't produced for many years

The Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission is investigating.

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