Parachute Creek spill: Day 49

Parachute_GW_Benzene_Isoconcentration

Latest Parachute Test Results
According to this, they started testing the creek confluence with the Colorado River on April 22.

Click here for the most recent map:  Benzene Concentrations in Groundwater & Isoconcentration Map 4-19-13

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Click here to read two Letters to the Editor about the spill. Folks are unhappy with the leadership in Garfield County.

‘Paid lobbyists’ not helping citizens

Why BOCC’s silent on Parachute spill

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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.

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Questions

Is Williams using any sort of dispersant, or introducing any additional substance or chemical to the contamination site or the creek in their efforts to deal with the benzene and other NGLs already present?

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?

Is Williams using any sort of dispersant, or introducing any other substance or chemical to contamination site or the creek?

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: peggyt@siltnet.net

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2 Comments on “Parachute Creek spill: Day 49”

  1. Carl Mc Williams Says:

    PLEASE ASK THESE QUESTIONS:

    (1) WHAT ABOUT THE BENZENE CLEAN-UP WORKERS?
    (2) WERE THESES HUMAN BEINGS GIVEN BENZENE AWARENESS TRAINING PRIOR TO BEGINNING WORK AT PARACHUTE CREEK?
    (3) WERE THESE FELLOW AMERICANS GIVEN SELF-CONTAINED SUPPLIED AIR RESPIRATORS AND PROPER TRAINING ON THE USE OF THESE RESPIRATORS BEFORE THE BENZENE CLEAN-UP WORK BEGAN AT PARACHUTE CREEK?
    (4) WHY ISN’T FEDERAL OSHA INVITED TO THIS PUBLIC MEETING?
    (5) DO THE GARFIELD COUNTY COMMISSIONERS CARE ABOUT THESE EXPOSED WORKERS, OR ARE THESE WORKERS CONSIDERED NOTHING MORE THAN “WELL-FIELD TRASH”?

  2. Fiona Lloyd Says:

    I think the phrase you’re looking for is “Collateral Damage”, which applies to the workers, the environment and the people of Garfield County.

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