Parachute Creek spill: Day 18

Today’s news:

Liquid gas products line eyed in Parachute-area leak

Also this update:  The spill-plume-leak-seep site is 50 feet from Parachute Creek, not 60 feet as previously reported.

This morning Leslie Robinson (chair, Grand Valley Citizens Alliance) and I met with KKCO Channel 11 (Grand Junction) Reporter Christy Dimond in Parachute. Christy has been covering this story. When she contacted Williams for an update this morning, she couldn’t get anyone to talk to her.

This afternoon I attended the GVCA meeting in Rifle. Garfield County Oil & Gas Liaison Kirby Wynn spent an hour with the group going over our concerns.

My main message through the media, and to the GVCA and to Garfield County via Kirby Wynn is that Williams, as well as the COGCC, the EPA, and the CDPHE need to be more forthcoming with information to the public. We are not getting enough information and the general sense we’re getting is that they’re shutting out the media and therefore the public.

Because of both meetings, I have a lot of notes to go over, though no real new information, except for the confirmation that the leak site is 50 feet from Parachute Creek, and not 60 feet as previously reported. However today was a significant day in terms of collecting and sorting out the information we’ve been told and determining how we go about obtaining more information. The message I can convey to you tonight is that the GVCA and a handful of reporters are doing their best to stay on top of this incident and to get information to the public as soon as it becomes available. The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction) plans to make articles available to non-subscribers on their website. We need Parachute residents, plus residents near the spill site and along Parachute Creek, as well as workers as the site to speak out about what they’ve seen as well as their  concerns.

Parachute Creek looking north from the bridge in downtown Parachute

Parachute Creek, looking north from the bridge in downtown Parachute, remains at risk for contamination from the impacts of the spill.

Lesle Robinson (chair, GVCA) talks with KKCO-Ch 11 reporter Christy Dimond

Leslie Robinson (chair, GVCA) talks with KKCO-Ch 11 reporter Christy Dimond

This photo was taken from CR 215, north of Parachute. The orange area to the left of the building is the spill site. The media has not been allowed beyond this point.

This photo was taken from CR 215, north of Parachute. The orange area to the left of the building is the spill site. The media has not been allowed beyond the point from which I took this photo.

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Grand Valley Citizens Alliance meeting in Rifle on March 25. Frank Smith (Western Colorado Congress) leads a discussion about the information that has been made public since March 16, when the story broke in The Denver Post.

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