Parachute Creek spill: Day 62

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

At least SOMEBODY is monitoring for benzene in the Colorado River:  Clifton Water tests for benzene

Clifton Water monitoring benzene situation in Parachute

What a joke!  Governor Hickenlooper proclaims Drinking Water Week May 5-11

More on Frackinlooper:  How a big fracking setback got overlooked


Water sampling test results at Williams Answers for Parachute website:  Testing Results & Other Info

CDPHE Update — May 7, 2013

All creek surface water samples through the weekend, Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5, were below 5 ppb for benzene. Below are May 5 results:CS-6: 4.2 ppb

  • CS-7: 1.7 ppb
  • CS-8: 1.2 ppb
  • CS-9: not detected
  • CS-10: not detected
  • CS-11: not detected
  • Town of Parachute: not detected

Aeration trench upgrades are in progress to treat benzene-contaminated groundwater before it reaches Parachute Creek. Upgrades include the installation of a new blower (for the air sparging system) and the installation of new vertical sparge wells near the toe of the plume to ensure that deeper groundwater also is treated.

Total fluid recovery (hydrocarbons) thus far is approximately 180 gallons. All contaminated water that has been recovered is being stored for future treatment.
[end of update]


CDPHE is accepting questions and comments from the public. Call or send your questions to:

David Walker, Hazardous Waste Corrective Action Project Manager
(303) 692-3354
Or toll free 1(888) 569-1831, Ext 3354

Hazardous Materials and Waste Mgmt Division
Colorado Dept of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Dr. S.
Denver, CO 80246


Get involved in citizen action regarding the Parachute Creek spill.
Join the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance. 
Please donate and volunteer today!

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One Comment on “Parachute Creek spill: Day 62”

  1. R.Vottero Says:

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