Companies complying with terms of pipeline construction near Parachute
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Four companies that reached an agreement with the state to implement better construction practices for a pipeline northwest of Parachute last month are complying with its terms, according to the Colorado Attorney General’s office.Nate Strauch, communications director for Attorney General John Suthers, said the office is “100-percent” confident that the four companies “are working as hard as they can, as soon as they can, to get it done.”Last month, Suthers reached an agreement with Marathon Oil Co., Berry Petroleum Co., Enterprise Products and Enterprise Transportation Co. after the companies’ construction work on a natural gas pipeline allegedly polluted Garden Gulch and Parachute Creek with sediment, according to court documents filed by the attorney general.The companies agreed to implement “proper sedimentation control measures” by May 7, and to make one or more company representatives available for daily weekday briefings with a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) official, according to court documents. The companies also agreed to pay the costs of weekly inspections of the area to July 31, according to court documents.The next step in the recent dispute with the state will be the levying of fines, which are currently being calculated, Strauch said. The agreement between the state and the four companies led to the cancellation of a hearing in Garfield County District Court last month over Suthers’ request for an injunction that sought to prevent the four companies from continuing work on the natural gas pipeline in the Garden Gulch area northwest of Parachute.Marathon and the Enterprise companies – which are independent businesses working with Marathon – are building the natural gas pipeline, while Berry Petroleum is providing an access road for heavy equipment to construct the ditch for the pipeline.Although the companies have agreed to “best management practices” on their pipeline work, they did not admit to any of the state’s allegations concerning their alleged storm-water failures. The agreement also does not prevent the state from seeking a permanent injunction to cease building of the pipeline in the future.
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