Pipeline Breaks Near San Juan River

August 20, 2014

san juan(Montezuma Creek Utah)-A pipeline break last week near Montezuma Creek in San Juan County, leaked a small amount of oil into the San Juan River. A tumbling boulder, loosened by recent rains Thursday, ruptured a flow line serving a well in the Aneth oil field, operated by Denver-based Resolute Natural Resources, according to a report posted on the Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s spill database. The operator shut down the well, capable of producing 34 barrels a day, once the leak was discovered, but by then three to five barrels escaped into a wash, the report said. A rainstorm flushed the oil two miles to the San Juan, said Walt Baker, director of the Utah Division of Water Quality. The company deployed booms on the wash and captured oil before it reached the river, a major tributary to the Colorado and an important water source, according to David Ariotti, a DEQ district engineer.They had equipment on site and were already 60 percent done with the cleanup when I got there,” Ariotti said. “I didn’t observe any impact on the river or near the river.”

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