An oil spill occurred earlier this month near Rangely, when 115 barrels of crude oil or almost 5,000 gallons spilled out of a Chevron owned pipeline into a drainage ditch. According to a release from Chevron about the incident, there was no impact to the areas water as the oil was contained in a siphon dam located a mile and a half away from Sinking Water Creek. According to Chevron, environmental and safety specialists were on site and determined there were no public health concerns due to the spill. The spill resulted in the deaths of two mallard ducks, two small birds and three mice that were found in the cleanup zone. Chevron stated that they regret the impact the release had on these animals and are working hard to avoid any additional impacts.