BP pipeline ruptures into CO river

The county where this spill took place has experienced 19 reported spills in 2016, 12 of those incidents were BP.

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Construction along the Keystone XL pipeline.
Construction along the Keystone XL pipeline.

Last week, a BP pipeline ruptured in Colorado for “unknown” reasons, spilling coal-bed methane-contaminated wastewater into the river. Upon the discovery of the spill, an earthen dam was constructed to prevent a majority of the toxic chemicals from traveling further downstream.  So far, we know the contaminated water has traveled at least 2,300 feet along the tributary bed.

BP has not made a statement about the spill and has remained quiet about the amount of damage this spill has caused. it is also unknown what chemicals were released in the spill. It is also unsure of when the rupture first occurred.

Brett Clanton, a BP representative, told the Durango Herald that “with safety as our highest priority, we will continue to coordinate with relevant agencies to complete any further remediation efforts as warranted.”

The county where this spill took place has experienced 19 reported spills in 2016, 12 of those incidents were BP.

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