Parachute Creek pollution may draw penalties

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PARACHUTE, Colo. (AP) -- State health officials have warned the operators of a natural gas plant in western Colorado they could face penalties for a spill that has contaminated Parachute Creek with cancer-causing benzene.

According to the Denver Post, the state says the spill may be considered disposal of hazardous waste without a permit.

A hydrocarbon contamination investigation and cleanup efforts are ongoing near a Williams gas plant north of Parachute. The chemicals were first discovered in groundwater March 13.

A company spokesman says the warning was expected.

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