Photos: Twelve notable oil spills caused by flooding -- and how many gallons gushed

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As reports poured in about loss of life and damage to property as a result of our recent flooding, we also heard about oil spills in a wide variety of locations. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has been charged with tracking the particulars, and in its most recent report as of this writing, the agency documents twelve spells it considers notable and estimates how much of the stuff gushed out in barrels and/or gallons. We've got the facts and figures related to the ten calculated thus far, as well as the unsettling total. Check them out below.

Number 12: "125 barrels from an Anadarko storage tank south of Milliken."

Approximate gallons spilled: 5,250

Number 11. "Another Anadarko storage tank has released 323 barrels. That event occurred north of Firestone on the St. Vrain River."

Approximate gallons spilled: 13,566

Number 10. "Additional release of 56 barrels at an Anadarko location."

Approximate gallons spilled: 2,352

Number 9: "21 barrels at a Bayswater Exploration and Production location have also been confirmed."

Approximate gallons spilled: 882

Number 8: "74 barrels from a Noble location near Milliken."

Approximate gallons spilled: 3,108

Number 7: "The agency learned of a 36 barrel release of oil at a Noble location between Evans and LaSalle."

Approximate gallons spilled: 1,512

Continue for more about the other six oil spills due to flooding.

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Gee, folks, why not convert the reported barrels to liters? Those numbers would be even more impressive.

michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@chasrmartin The math to barrels was hard enough! Thanks for the post, chasrmartin.

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