$68K Fined for Byproduct Spills

For three spills of an oil and gas byproduct in southwestern Colorado, BP America Production Co. has been fined $68,000.

Produced water and other substances from cracked pipelines caused the gas byproduct to be released in the county.  State records shows the spills occurred in April 2018, November 2018 and April 2019.

BP has agreed to spend about $12.5 million by 2022 to repair or replace 17 miles of pipelines in La Plata County, reported by The Durango Herald on Wednesday.

‘Pipelines are cracking as a result of the stress of ground movement,’ BP attorney told the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission this week.