May 26, 2011 7:47 PM by Matt Stafford
DENVER (AP) - A group for hunters and anglers says oil and gas companies operating in three northwest Colorado counties have reported almost 1,000 spills totaling about 5.6 million gallons of wastewater, oil, chemicals and other fluids from 2001 to 2010.
The Bull Moose Sportsmen's Alliance said Thursday its report was based on Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission records for Garfield, Rio Blanco and Mesa counties, popular hunting and fishing areas. It says of the 992 spills it found, 77 tainted groundwater or surface water.
The Denver Post reported last June that statewide, oil and gas companies had reported 981 spills over the previous 2 1/2 years, totaling 5.2 million gallons of drilling liquids and oil.
State rules generally require companies to report spills of at least five barrels.