Meeting planned on leak near Parachute

Garfield County is holding a community meeting Monday about the ongoing investigation into the hydrocarbons leak investigation near Parachute.

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 to answer questions, review each agency’s role in the investigation and cleanup process, and address potential public and environmental health concerns.

The event will be at 6 p.m. at the Grand Valley Fire Protection District building at 0124 Stone Quarry Road in Battlement Mesa. Those unable to attend may contact county oil and gas liaison Kirby Wynn at 970-625-5905, and he will ask questions on their behalf and send them answers later by e-mail.

Williams says thousands of gallons of natural gas liquids leaked from a faulty pressure gauge on a pipeline leaving its gas processing plant near Parachute. Benzene has been discovered in groundwater and in Parachute Creek.


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