Oil company cited for improper drilling in Colorado

By The Associated Press

A Texas oil company entangled in a dispute over leases to drill in Colorado was hit with three federal "non-compliance" notices for improper drilling that led to a spill.

 

DENVER (AP) — A Texas oil company entangled in a dispute over leases to drill in Colorado was hit with three federal "non-compliance" notices for improper drilling that led to a spill.

The Denver Post reported (http://dpo.st/2u85zQq ) Sunday Bureau of Land Management officials ordered SG Interests to stop drilling and clean up spilled foam chemicals, wastewater and drill cuttings.

SG Interests' crew was drilling under a valid lease on land in western Colorado, tapping gas resources in the Bull Mountain area. But BLM spokesman Steven Hall says the company's permit required capture of all waste.

Hall says less than 2,100 gallons of waste spilled, none of it spreading beyond the immediate drilling area. BLM land managers ordered an immediate cleanup, then issued the non-compliance notices for failure to follow the approved drilling plan.

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