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Crews dismantle storage tank so they can remove oil-stained soil at site of Poudre River spill

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FORT COLLINS, Colorado — Environmental officials and work crews are dismantling a flood-damaged storage tank so they can remove oil-stained soil from an area where about 7,200 gallons of crude leaked into a northern Colorado river.

Todd Hartman, a spokesman for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, says Noble Energy, which operates the tank, has been cleaning up the site on the Poudre River near Windsor since the leak was discovered Friday. The bank next to the storage tank was undercut by the high spring river flows, causing it to drop and break a valve.

Hartman says no drinking water intakes on the Poudre were affected by the spill. Soil samples have been collected along the path of the spill and will be analyzed at a lab.

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