Parachute Creek spill: Day 50

[Photos of the Parachute Creek cleanup courtesy of Bruce Gordon, EcoFlight]

[Photos of the Parachute Creek cleanup courtesy of Bruce Gordon, EcoFlight]

In the news —

Dilution may keep water supply safe
De Beque town manager says benzene contamination poses no threat

Colorado ‘promotes’ natural-gas catastrophe that now threatens Colorado River


Williams Answers for Parachute website announces “completion of phase 1 of the air sparge systems designed to remove volatile organic compounds from groundwater and surface water” and a new video Air Sparing Explained.

They are now posting water sample results at Testing Results & Other Info

Also at Upcoming Presentations, note that Williams will also be making a presentation at the EAB Meeting, Thursday, May 2


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

For more information go to Community Resources.


[Note: These question have been submitted to Kirby Wynn, GarCo O&G liaison for the meeting on Monday night. You can also send your questions to him in advance at: ]

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?

What about the benzene clean-up workers?

Were the workers given benzene awareness training prior to beginning work at Parachute Creek?

Were the workers given self-contained supplied air respirators and proper training on the use of the respirators before the benzene clean-up work began at Parachute Creek?

Why isn’t the federal OSHA invited to the public meeting on April 29?

Do the Garfield County Commissioners care about these exposed workers, or are these workers nothing more than “well-field trash?”

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:

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One Comment on “Parachute Creek spill: Day 50”

  1. Beth Strudley Says:

    Finally the words ‘cover up’ have been printed. Thanks for all your research and hard work Peggy.

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