Health officials hold off on Parachute oil spill
Last Updated: 246 days ago
PARACHUTE, Colo. - Colorado health officials say they won't intervene in an oil-like spill near Parachute Creek unless it becomes a health hazard.
Water samples from monitoring wells near the creek showed extremely high levels of the carcinogen benzene, which is a liquid hydrocarbon associated with oil and gas drilling.
However health department spokesman Mark Salley tells the Glenwood Springs Post Independent the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is investigating and has indicated there is no evidence of contamination of Parachute Creek or a health hazard.
Williams Midstream has spent weeks looking for the source of the liquids. An oil and gas commission spokesman said Monday that with no active source being pinpointed, the commission is now examining whether there have been historic releases of the liquids in the area.
COGCC said more monitoring wells are being installed near the creek, and workers are expected to begin sampling those wells Tuesday.
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