Health officials hold off on Parachute oil spill

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

PARACHUTE, Colo. (AP) -- The Colorado health department says it won't intervene in an oil-like spill near Parachute unless it becomes a health hazard.

Work crews and others employed by Williams Midstream are being monitored by state regulators at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which has assured health officials that the contamination has not reached water supplies.

Samples of water taken from monitoring wells showed extremely high levels of benzene, a liquid hydrocarbon associated with oil and gas drilling, which is a known carcinogen linked with leukemia and birth defects.

Health department spokesman Mark Salley tells the Glenwood Springs Post Independent the department typically does not get involved with spills linked to oil and gas drilling activities unless there is evidence of a threat to human health or the environment.

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