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Gov. Hickenlooper Tours Flood-Damaged Oil Tanks

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Gov. John Hickenlooper tours oil spills from flood damage near Milliken (credit: CBS)

Gov. John Hickenlooper tours oil spills from flood damage near Milliken (credit: CBS)

MILLIKEN, Colo. (CBS4)- Gov. John Hickenlooper got an up close and personal look at some of the flood damage that caused thousands of gallons of oil to escape.

More than 25,000 gallons of oil spilled from at least six known sites during the flooding.

One of the sites he toured on Sunday near Milliken had extensive damage to the storage tank.

Hickenlooper said from what he can tell the oil companies took great measures to secure their equipment but also said there will probably be some areas for improvement.

“The ultimate goal is zero and I think in the end we’re going to go back and say how can we do better and I guarantee they’re going to go back and try to get to zero,” said Hickenlooper.

The Director of Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission was also on the tour.

Matt Lepore said with the force of the water he’s impressed with the final result.

“Everything, all the equipment is in place. I think it’s impressive that it weathered the storm as it did,” said Lepore.

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