Potassium chloride spill contained and cleaned up by Parachute fire department
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
PARACHUTE, Colorado ” A Halliburton storage tank containing KCL (potassium chloride) leaked about 50 barrels into an empty accumulation pond in Parachute on Tuesday.
According to Grand Valley Fire Chief Rob Ferguson, the Grand Valley Hazmat crew was able to vacuum up the liquid, which is used in the “fracking process” when drilling a natural gas well. KCL is a nonhazardous mixture of water and potassium chloride.
A statement from Diana Gabriel, senior manager of corporate affairs for Halliburton said that the company notified and worked with local authorities to remediate the spill, which was completed within three hours of the spill.
“We could have just filled the pond up and diluted it up and it would have been fine,” Ferguson said. “We decided to go out and pull it up.”
Ferguson said that fire crews were able to determine that a truck driver was filling a tanker up with the mixture and didn’t notice that a release valve was still open after he pulled away, allowing the liquid to drain from the storage tank. The 50 barrels of liquid, about 1,250 gallons, ran across a driveway and into the empty pond.
Residents concerned that it was a harmful substance thought that the spill had reached Parachute Creek, but Ferguson ensured that the spill was contained to the empty pond.
“It never made it to Parachute Creek,” Ferguson said.
Contact John Gardner: 384-9114
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