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Rawlins Field Office
Release Date: 06/14/11
Contacts: Serena Baker    

Second Nadel & Gussman Oil Spill Discovered

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office (RFO) reports a second oil spill has been discovered at a Nadel & Gussman (N&G) well in the Espy Unit, near Bridger Pass Road south of Rawlins.

BLM crews conducting an on-site inspection of a previous N&G oil spill at a tank battery discovered more than two weeks ago in the same field, found another area of contamination on public land approximately two miles to the northwest. An unknown amount of oil has leaked from the pumping unit stuffing box on an N&G oil pad, and flowed downhill roughly 150 yards. The contamination is not threatening any water source. The spill was not detected earlier as the road has been blocked by snow.

BLM has issued a Shut In Order to N&G, required immediate containment of the new leak and has issued a notice of violation to the company for failure to report the spill. The new spill has been reported to the Environmental Protection Agency, which is still on-site overseeing clean-up of the first oil spill.

RFO’s hazardous materials team will be monitoring the situation. For more information, contact Hazmat Coordinator Mike Newberry, 307-328-4247.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Rawlins Field Office   1300 North Third      Rawlins, WY 82301  

Last updated: 06-14-2011