Community meeting to address Parachute hydrocarbon leak

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PARACHUTE, Colo. (KKCO) -- Seeking more answers, residents of Garfield County will have the opportunity to ask questions about the ongoing hydrocarbon contamination near Parachute Creek.

Representatives from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the Colorado Department of Health will be on hand for a meeting Monday night in Parachute. They'll answer questions about the ongoing investigation and review each agencies role in the cleanup process.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Grand Valley Fire Protection District building, 0124 Stone Quarry Road in Parachute.

The hydrocarbon leak was first discovered on March 13 near a Williams gas plant north of Parachute. There are concerns over how much benzene may have leaked into Parachute Creek after low-levels of the chemical were first detected April 18.

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