Colorado oil leak contaminates South Platte River, source of drinking water for Denver

An oil leak of still undetermined proportions in Colorado has soiled the South Platte River and forced employees of the Denver Metro Wastewater plant to wear masks protecting them from the benzene and VOC fumes emitting from the contaminated water.

Calgary-based Suncor acknowledged that the petroleum came from its refinery in Commerce City, and a spokesperson told Reuters on Wednesday that the leak had been stopped.

BP oil spill clean up by the numbers — post gusher

With the elections nearing, fall weather setting in and the holidays soon to follow, that BP oil spill horror is receding in the public’s rear view mirror.

But the U.S. government remains doggedly committed to the clean-up, according to Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft, who updated a handful of reporters today.

Here’s the scoop, by the numbers.

  • 11,200 people remain engaged in the oil spill response across the Gulf of Mexico. That’s down a lot compared to the 48,000 who responded at the peak of the disaster, but remains more than those who worked recovery at the peak of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.