Water restored to Rifle homes
Water service was restored early Tuesday to 14 homes near Beaver Creek in Rifle after a truck carrying water thought to be a byproduct of natural gas production tipped over Monday morning and spilled the fluid.
The truck, from Summit Trucking, was hauling the water for Memorial Resources, according to Kirby Wynn, oil and gas liaison for Garfield County. The truck apparently slid and tipped on its side on an icy road, according to Wynn.
The so-called produced water results from oil and gas production and is removed from the ground in the process. Wynn said in an email that samples were taken at the site to determine “what was in the water that spilled from the tanker, to define the extent of the spill and to inform the cleanup process.”
Rifle city officials said none of the tanker’s water ran into Beaver Creek, but water was shut off to the homes as a precaution.
The tanker driver, Stephen Bedford, 54, of Grand Junction, escaped with minor injuries in the accident at about 9 a.m. Monday and was not ticketed, the Colorado State Patrol said. The truck’s trailer slid off the road first and rolled, CSP said, ultimately causing the cab to tip over.
CORRECTION: Earlier versions of this story erroneously said that the water was used in the drilling process.
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