Parachute Creek spill: Day 48

Parachute sign

Garfield County plans community meeting in Parachute

Monday, April 29, 2013
6:00 p.m.
Grand Valley Fire Protection District Building
0124 Stone Quarry Road
Parachute, CO

Click here for driving directions

Garfield County has planned a community meeting as an opportunity for local residents and officials to visit with and ask questions of federal and state regulatory agency staff about the ongoing hydrocarbon contamination investigation and remediation efforts near a Williams gas plant north of Parachute. Hydrocarbons were first discovered in groundwater near Parachute Creek March 13.

A panel of representatives from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Garfield County Public Health, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will attend the meeting to answer questions, review each agency’s role in the investigation and cleanup process, and address potential public and environmental health concerns.

The meeting will be Monday April 29, at 6 pm, at the Grand Valley Fire Protection District Building, at 0124 Stone Quarry Road in Parachute. Residents who are not able to attend may contact Garfield County Oil and Gas Liaison, Kirby Wynn, at 970-625-5905, and he will ask their questions of the panel and offer replies back via email the day following the meeting. A resource page is posted online at Community Resources.



Why hasn’t the stream been tested to confluence with the Colorado River?

This facility is a gas processing and intra-state pipeline plant. It is more like a refinery and not a drilling operation. Why is the COGCC the lead agency?

Colorado legislation has established that the cleanup and remediation of many different types of sites and facilities within the state that have been contaminated by past and/or current uses are the jurisdiction of CDPHE Hazardous Waste Division. Why isn’t the CDPHE taking over as the lead agency?

Why haven’t we heard anything from Garfield County BOCC?

Garfield County has oil & gas mitigation funds. Are they in contact with and working with local landowners along Parachute Creek to mitigate the impacts of this environmental disaster?

Is anyone testing water wells downstream from the groundwater contamination plume?

Who is safeguarding the interests of the public?

If 80% of the benzene evaporated into the air, wouldn’t the air monitors at the nearby gas processing plant have sounded an alarm? Are they monitoring air quality?

Have they tested for BTEX compounds? If not, why not?

What are the real benzene numbers, not those provided by the COGCC, or Williams, or the testing companies that they retained when they swooped into the valley? How about some independent testing?

When will Williams be fined? And how much?

How are they going to clean up this mess? What’s the plan?

I invite you to submit your questions in the comments section. Or send your questions to:


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2 Comments on “Parachute Creek spill: Day 48”

  1. Carl Mc Williams Says:

    There is a letter to the editor in the Thursday April 25, Post Independent written by Mr. Garry Evenson of Battlement Mesa; where a “private citizen” is acknowledged as being more competent in assessing the Williams/Parachute Creek benzene debacle, than all of the “experts” in the state of Colorado combined.

    Obviously, Mr. Evenson is referring to Bob Arrington, a registered engineer who is unafraid to publicly voice contrarian ideas, or to call nonsense when it sees it.

    As such, Bob Arrington is a rare commodity, a Garfield County original.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote: “A man or a company of men, plastic and permeable to principles, by the laws of nature, must overpower and override all cities, nations, kings, rich men, and poets, who are not.”

  2. Beth Strudley Says:

    Your letter is kick-ass too, Carl. The BOCC is just a laughing stock, as is the COGCC and the companies responsible. When they do say something, I know from personal experience, that they do not tell the truth.

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