BPX Energy says crews stopped flow of produced water from well site using earthen berm

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON — Wastewater spilling from a BPX Energy well site in Colorado north of Cedar Hill was stopped Sunday morning, according to a statement from the company.

BPX Energy is BP’s onshore business in the United States.

The company was notified of a produced water leak near a well about 12 miles south of Durango, Colorado, on Sunday. Produced water is a byproduct of oil and gas production.

According to the company, the leak was isolated and contained quickly, however some of the produced water entered a nearby irrigation ditch.

That ditch flowed into the Animas River. No numbers have been released in terms of how much wastewater leaked from the well site.

According to BPX Energy, crews constructed an earthen berm to halt the flow of water and placed absorbent booms in the ditch to minimize potential impacts to surrounding area.

BPX Energy has not seen further flow from the pipeline since 10 a.m. Sunday and does not suspect any tampering of equipment leading to the spill.

Crews are continuing to monitor the area.

Both Farmington and Aztec closed their head gates on the Animas River after being notified of the spill Monday to safeguard local water supplies.