Plan in place to flush benzene in Parachute Creek

PARACHUTE, Colo. - PARACHUTE, Colo. (AP) — Aerators have been set up on Parachute Creek to flush out cancer-causing benzene that has been detected downstream from a hydrocarbon spill in western Colorado.

Williams energy company crews also expanded their pumping of hydrocarbons from trenches dug along the creek.

According to the Denver Post, test results released Monday showed benzene remains in surface water.

State officials announced last week that benzene was detected in the creek for the first time since the spill was revealed on March 16. Diesel-like substances also have been detected in the creek, which flows into the Colorado River.

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