Meeting will address Parachute leak

The responsibility of overseeing the investigation and cleanup of the natural gas liquids leak near Parachute will shift from state oil and gas regulators to health officials, authorities said Saturday.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the state Department of Public Health and Environment have agreed that the health department will assume primary jurisdiction, according to Todd Hartman, spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources.

Williams has said thousands of gallons of natural gas liquids leaked from a faulty pressure gauge. Benzene has been discovered in Parachute Creek and in groundwater.

Meanwhile, Garfield County will hold a 6 p.m. community meeting Monday about the leak.

Representatives from four agencies will answer questions.

The event will be at the Grand Valley Fire Protection District building, 0124 Stone Quarry Road, in Battlement Mesa. Those unable to attend may call Kirby Wynn at 970-625-5905.


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