No water contamination found after wastewater spill

The Daily Times
San Juan County

FARMINGTON — Testing on the Animas River indicates it is safe for utilities to collect drinking water, according to a press release from San Juan County.

The headgates of water systems were closed last week when a BPX Energy well site leaked produced water — a byproduct of oil and gas production — into an irrigation ditch that flows into the Animas River in Colorado.

This led to concerns that petroleum-laced water could have contaminated the Animas River.

Samples taken from the river showed no traces of hydrocarbons, which would have signaled petroleum contamination.

According to the press release, the samples met U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.

Water quality sensors installed by the city of Farmington during the Gold King Mine spill in 2015 did not detect readings that would have made Farmington officials concerned about produced water contamination, according to the press release.