UPDATE 1-Colorado flooding disrupts oil, gas production

Tue Sep 17, 2013 2:38pm EDT
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By Eileen Houlihan

NEW YORK, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Historic flooding in northeastern Colorado which has killed eight people continued to disrupt oil and gas operations in the fossil-fuel-rich region, producers and energy companies said on Tuesday.

Canadian energy producer Encana Corp said 99 wells shut due to flooding in Colorado had returned to service, but nearly 300 remained shut in.

The company, which operates more than 1,200 wells in the Denver-Julesburg basin in Colorado, had begun inspections and was working with maintenance and production teams to repair and mitigate effects from the storm, a spokesman said in an email to Reuters.

"We still have not found any spills of any reportable quantity, but cannot rule out future discoveries until we get to everything," said spokesman Doug Hock.

Anadarko Petroleum Corp, meanwhile, said approximately 670 operated wells and 20 miles of pipeline were out of service, while four of the company's 13 operated production rigs in the Wattenberg field had ceased operations due to problems accessing roads.

The company operates 5,800 wells and 3,200 miles of pipeline.

In a statement the company said natural gas processing and compression had not been affected. Some work may be delayed until road repairs and conditions allow for equipment transport.   Continued...