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Photos: Twelve notable oil spills caused by flooding -- and how many gallons gushed

As reports poured in about loss of life and damage to property as a result of our recent flooding, we also heard about oil spills in a wide variety of locations. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has been charged with tracking the particulars, and in its most recent report as of this writing, the agency documents twelve spells it considers notable and estimates how much of the stuff gushed out in barrels and/or gallons. We've got the facts and figures related to the ten calculated thus far, as well as the unsettling total. Check them out below.
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