The Center for Western Priorities, a nonprofit environmental watchdog group, analyzed records in three states — Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming — and found drilling companies reported 2,834 spills in 2018.
Those spills released 23,409 barrels of crude oil and 174,873 barrels of produced water (water that is pumped from wells as a byproduct). Colorado had the fewest spills, at 596, and the least amount of oil spilled, at 504 barrels. The volume of produced water spills also was lowest in Colorado, at 12,841 barrels.
“As the Trump administration’s energy-dominance agenda ramps up oil and gas production, our analysis shows the continued impacts of drilling on these Western states,” said Jesse Prentice-Dunn, Policy Director at the Center for Western Priorities.