Hoses Blamed For Hydrocarbons Found In Creek

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PARACHUTE, Colo. (AP) -- Officials in Parachute say pumper trucks leaving their hoses in Parachute Creek probably are responsible for diesel-like organics found near the town's irrigation water.

According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (http://tinyurl.com/cmrs9uf ), the state Department of Natural Resources said Monday the latest tests show no contamination at any creek monitoring points associated with a hydrocarbons leak.

Energy workers discovered contaminated soil and groundwater about a month ago near the Williams gas processing facility in Parachute. Liquid hydrocarbons, including cancer-causing benzene, were discovered within 10 feet of Parachute Creek, which runs into the Colorado River.

Williams says a faulty pressure gauge leaked the fluids. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission continues to investigate.

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