Colorado floods: 5,000 gallons of oil spill into flooded South Platte

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MILLIKEN, Colo. (AP) - Crews are trying to clean up more than 5,000 gallons of oil that spilled into the flood-swollen South Platte River near the northern Colorado town of Milliken.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission says it received a report Wednesday afternoon that a damaged tank owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. had released the oil south of the town and north of the confluence of the St. Vrain and the South Platte rivers.

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The company has placed absorbent booms in the water to try to keep the oil from spreading.

Hundreds of natural gas and oil wells were shut down as the state's top petroleum patch became inundated with floodwaters beginning last week.

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