H/T Miss Kitty, and TexasSharon at Bluedaze.
Boulder County activists are concerned -- and rightly so -- with flooded oil and gas wells in northeast Boulder County, and southwest Weld County in Colorado.
Residents in Colorado no doubt barely had a chance to catch their breath between the extreme drought conditions, and the torrential rains that led to devastating flash-flooding in many areas.
Further complicating evacuations and rescue efforts, as well as eventual recovery work; An uncooperative Mother Nature, broken oil and gas industry pipeline, wells, fracking and operating oil and gas facilities.
The Denver Post reported on Saturday:
"Oil drums, tanks and other industrial debris mixed into the swollen river flowing northeast. County officials did not give locations of where the pipeline broke and where other pipelines were compromised.
While the water levels in the South Platte appear to be receding slightly, bridges over the South Platte have been closed as water overflowed the bridges at least as far east as Morgan County.
Oil and gas industry crews have been monitoring wells drilled into the flood plain east of Greeley in Weld County.
One pipeline has broken and is leaking, Weld County Emergency Manager Roy Rudisill. Other industry pipelines are sagging as saturated sediment erodes around the expanding river.
Industry crews "are shutting in the lines, shutting in the wells," Rudisill said.
In a statement, Gary Wockner, of Clean Water Action, said "Fracking and operating oil and gas facilities in floodplains is extremely risky. Flood waters can topple facilities and spread oil, gas, and cancer-causing fracking chemicals across vast landscapes making contamination and clean-up efforts exponentially worse and more complicated."
Indeed, why is there such a heavy presence of the fracking, oil and gas industries in a floodplain? It's as if there was no forethought at all to the potential complications of flash-flooding.
This is footage of the flooding that occurred in Longmont, CO, and was recorded the morning of the 13th around 9am. During the aerial surveillance it's noted that a sewage treatment plant is completely flooded in the town.