As floodwaters recede in Colorado, the cleanup now begins for Colorado residents including contamination from oil and gas well spills. Footage revealed two dozen overturned oil storage tanks from the flooding.
Colorado has approximately 50,000 oil and gas wells. Stored in these tanks and wells are contaminated wastewater full of the chemicals and toxics using during the fracking process. That wastewater is now suspected to have leaked into water and soil after the floods.
Sewage and other contaminants also threaten Colorado’s water sources as a result of the flooding.