Suncor’s Colorado leak cleanup costs $20 million to date
John Gallagher of Suncor Energy USA Inc., squats along the bank of Sand Creek in Commerce City where a gasoline leak was detected last November.
Suncor Energy USA Inc. has spent about $20 million containing and cleaning up a leak at its Commerce City, Colo., refinery that was discovered late last year oozing a gasoline-like liquid into nearby streams and groundwater.
And the company still isn’t done. It may take three or four more years to complete the cleanup, Suncor officials say.
Cleanup crews recovered about 927,000 gallons of hydrocarbons as of late July, making it the largest leak ever at Colorado’s only refinery, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE).
“It’s the biggest release that anybody has had on that site,” said Robert Beierle, an engineer with the CDPHE’s hazardous materials and waste management division.
Even by industry standards, “this is a large underground spill,” said John Gallagher, Suncor’s vice president of refining.
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