Williams delays Parachute Creek plant expansion
PARACHUTE — Expansion of a natural-gas processing plant on Parachute Creek, owned by the Williams Midstream company, is being delayed for approximately two years, according to reports.
The expansion is just upstream from a spot where Williams has been working to find and repair the source of a spill that has dumped thousands of gallons of various hydrocarbon compounds into the ground, including the carcinogenic compound benzene.
Attempts to contact Williams, or WPX Energy, were not successful.
Williams Midstream and WPX are two distinct companies created last year when Williams Production RMT, previously said to have the largest presence among gas drilling firms in Garfield County, split in two. Both companies have been cited by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission with shared responsibility for the leak and the cleanup.
But according to a published news account, the expansion of the plant was to have cost $200 million and been completed by next year.
Williams spokeswoman Susan Alvillar was quoted by the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel as saying that the delay is not related to the leak of hydrocarbons or to the ongoing effort to clean up contamination to nearby soils, ground water and Parachute Creek.
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