UPDATE 2-Colorado flooding disrupts oil, gas production

Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:08pm EDT
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By Eileen Houlihan

NEW YORK, Sept 16 (Reuters) - A week of torrential rain in Colorado that left seven people confirmed dead has also disrupted oil and natural gas production and transportation in the state, several companies said on Monday.

El Paso Pipeline Partners' Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG) unit declared force majeure on a natural gas lateral pipeline due to the floods.

CIG said in a website posting that the flooding had exposed some facilities on the line leading to its Young Storage site.

Another line leading to the Tritown delivery point had also become exposed. The lines were taken out of service for safety precautions while inspections are conducted, the posting said.

CIG operates a 4,300-mile pipeline system that transports natural gas from production areas in the Rocky Mountains and the Anadarko Basin on the Colorado-Kansas border to customers in Colorado and Wyoming and to other Midwest, Southwest and western states.

Separately Anadarko Petroleum Corp said it shut 600 wells in the Wattenberg field north and east of Denver due to the floods.

The Wattenberg field is part of the Niobrara shale formation in the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin.   Continued...