Flow of water forming Parachute plume slows
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
PARACHUTE, Colorado – The flow of water forming a toxic plume about four miles up Parachute Creek from here had slowed down on Friday, as of a report from the Williams Midstream natural-gas pipeline company on Friday.
Donna Gray, a spokeswoman for Williams Midstream, said a vacuum truck sucked about 80 barrels (3,360 gallons) of tainted water and “no hydrocarbons” from the saturated plume on Friday, as the company worked to locate and plug a leak suspected to be coming from Williams’ pipelines or another facility.
On March 21, Gray had reported, crews vacuumed 141 barrels of contaminated water from the site on Thursday, and on March 26 had brought up more than 300 barrels of the water.
The site is where Williams employees, preparing for an expansion of a nearby natural-gas processing plant, on March 8 discovered that an area of ground 200 feet by 70 feet, and about 14 feet deep, had been saturated by an unidentified oil-like liquid believed to be leaking from a nearby facility.
The flow of hydrocarbons all but stopped by around March 22, according to periodic updates from Williams, though the flow of tainted water has waxed and waned since then.
To date the total amount of fluids recovered from the plume measures 143 barrels (more than 6,000 gallons) of hydrocarbons and 4,282 barrels (nearly 180,000 gallons) of tainted water.
Williams continues digging monitoring wells to keep an eye on ground water contamination from the plume, Gray reported, some of which are 10 feet from the creek.
She also reported crews continue digging around a set of pipeline valves suspected of being the source of the leak.
Nearby Parachute Creek, Gray reported, continued to show no signs of contamination from the leak or the plume.
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