Williams' Officials Say Parachute Creek is Safe from Spill
KREX News Room
PARACHUTE, Colo. - The source of the natural gas leak that was found on March 8 near a Williams natural gas processing plant still remains a mystery, although officials say the leak has significantly diminished in the last 24 hours.
Media was not allowed behind the orange fences that block off the natural gas liquid spill area near the Williams' plant, but town officials were invited in to check out the progress of the containment.
"I was confident working with Williams before, that they would take appropriate measures and now that I've seen what they've done, I would say they've gone over and above," said Robert Knight, Town Manager for Parachute.
The leak was discovered when the company was doing some exploratory trenching before they started doing construction on a new pipeline, nearby Parachute Creek.
The leak has continued seeping into ground water for more than 10 days.
"The Parachute Creek is used for irrigation, there is no water drawn out of that but it does feed into the Colorado River," said Knight.
Williams' officials say their top priority is to protect the creek and by digging defensive trenches and vacuuming out the leaking hydrocarbons, they've been successful so far.
"We vacuum that fluid out of the trench into a truck and then the fluids go into a storage container but we measure that over a 24 hour period. We noticed we measured in the last 24 hour period, 19 barrels of hydrocarbon and about 600 barrels of water," said Donna Gray, Spokesperson for Williams.
With the leak diminishing, officials are turning their attention to finding the source by drilling test holes in the area.
"We're just trying to determine the boundaries of this and see what the extend of it is and we have found some edges of it," said Gray.