PARACHUTE, Colo. (KKCO) -- State officials now say there are chemicals in Parachute Creek, after previously denying any contamination.
Surface water tests show that diesel range organics are present in the creek, which flows into the Colorado River.
Tests on three different locations within the creek detected the chemical.
One of those locations is 800 feet upstream of the area where a gas field leak is present.
New sampling from groundwater monitoring wells next to the creek show significant amounts of a carcinogenic chemical called benzene. The reading is more than 600 times the state health standard.
About a month ago, energy workers discovered contaminated groundwater near a Williams gas processing plant in Parachute.
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