Parachute Creek spill: Day 24

This aerial view was captured in a flyover provided by EcoFlight. It depicts the Parachute Creek leak site looking east shows orange fencing that indicates trenched areas associated with the ongoing investigation, as well as part of the pipeline corridor where 6,000 gallons of liquid hydrocarbons were recovered. Pipelines in the corridor cross under the creek. (Photo by Christopher Tomlinson)

This aerial view was captured in a flyover provided by EcoFlight. It depicts the Parachute Creek leak site looking east shows orange fencing that indicates trenched areas associated with the ongoing investigation, as well as part of the pipeline corridor where 6,000 gallons of liquid hydrocarbons were recovered. Pipelines in the corridor cross under the creek. (Photo by Christopher Tomlinson)

I’ll keep my update brief because you need to spend your time reading Dennis Webb’s incredible article in The Daily Sentinel today, which is open to non-scribers. Do not miss this article. The problem with pipelines is just as bad as you thought.

Who’s minding the pipelines?

This week, water tests from three monitoring wells, about 30 feet from Parachute Creek, showed benzene levels ranging from 5,800 parts per billion to 18,000 ppb in a well closest to a trench dug to recover contaminated water and oil. The state health standard for benzene is 5 ppb.

Williams crew workers are hand drilling another set of monitoring wells approximately 10 feet from Parachute Creek to further address groundwater impacts.

Workers continue excavation under a valve box which has been a focus of the investigation into the source of the ongoing leak of hydrocarbon liquids into an underground plume near the Williams Parachute Creek Gas Processing Plant.

According to Williams, the flow of water that is forming the toxic plume has slowed as of Friday.

To date, almost 180,000 gallons of contaminated groundwater and about 6,000 gallons of hydrocarbons have been recovered.

Governor Hickenlooper has not commented publicly on or visited the site of the Parachute Creek environmental disaster.

To date, members of the media have not been allowed in to the site.

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5 Comments on “Parachute Creek spill: Day 24”

  1. Carl Mc Williams Says:

    Scholarship, due diligence and old fashioned elbow grease is quite evident in this Dennis Webb article and Bob Arrington’s comment is a must read.

    While Peggy has questioned where is Governor Hickenlooper? I ask where are Garfield County Commissioners Mike Samson, John Martin and Tom Jankovsky? Have they visited the contaminated Williams Energy/Parachute Creek site or are they hiding under their desks?

    Recently in a POST INDEPENDENT “Letter to the Editor”, Ms. Anita Sherman described Samson, Martin and Jankovsky as “paid industry lobbyists” for the oil & gas extraction industry. I certainly agree with Ms. Sherman and fear that Governor Hickenlooper is becoming the same.

    Instead of visiting Canada’s tar sands; Hickenlooper should stay home and work on economic development in rural Colorado, where unemployment, underemployment and discouraged workers (who have run out of unemployment benefits), now exceeds 20%.

  2. Beth Strudley Says:

    The three of them are hiding inside of Scott Balcolmb. No wonder he always looks as though he has horrendous heartburn, constiipation and indigestion. Toxic diet, mate.

  3. Peggy Tibbetts Says:

    Based on their record, I wouldn’t expect the BOCC to care. This is business as usual in Gasfield County — the Third World.

  4. Bob Arrington Says:

    Recall the monitoring wells are outside the trenchs per the released news stories –
    http://www.nbc11news.com/news/headlines/Benzene-found-30-feet-from-Parachute-Creek-200663571.html

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