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Recently state regulators announced that benzene contamination on Parachute Creek has slowed to a trickle at the site of the Williams processing plant that leaked natural gas into the groundwater earlier this year. But as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, another gas facility just miles away is under investigation for multiple alleged violations of the Clean Air Act--including rules regulating benzene emissions.
(Click on the story for an interactive map of Clean Air Act violations in Garfield County)
Benzene levels in a segment of Parachute Creek have more than tripled since the beginning of July, according to a press release issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Levels of the toxin at one monitoring well now exceed 9 parts per billion--well in excess of the federal drinking water limit of 5 parts per billion.
Crews have been working to contain contamination that came from a mechanical failure at a Williams Midstream natural gas plant since early this year.
KDNK's Ed Williams spoke with David Walker, the state's lead agent on the Parachute Creek cleanup case, about what happened.
Not long ago, the Colorado Geological Survey released a new report detailing the sinkholes of Colorado and the evaporite rock responsible for them. KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to the report's author, John White, to find out if residents of the sinkhole-riddled Roaring Fork Valley should be worried.
The future of the Crystal River was the subject of a forum in Carbondale last week hosted by the nonprofits American Rivers and the Roaring Fork Conservancy. The discussion centered on whether the Crystal deserves federal designation as a "Wild and Scenic River," which would prevent the construction of dams on the river and ban impacts that harmed the Crystal's conservation values. KDNK's Nelson Harvey reports.
The Roaring Fork Conservancy announced yesterday that they'd received $316,000 in grant money for restoration of Coal Basin. KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to the Conservancy's Heather Tattersall to find out more.
Garfield County resident Rick Roles has been a thorn in the side of gas companies and regulators alike, ever since gas development began on his property almost two decades ago. As KDNK's Ed Williams reports, Roles says industry activity near his home has compromised his health and his livelihood.
(CLICK ON THE STORY FOR PICTURES OF GAS DEVELOPMENT ON THE ROLES PROPERTY)
The ban on plastic grocery bags at Carbondale's City Market has entered its second week but some shoppers are still adjusting. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
In March alone, more than 15,000 temperature records have been broken nationwide on the heels of the fourth warmest winter on record. Scientists say that should be having a negative impact on stream flows, but as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, that isn't always the case.
The US Environmental Protection Agency released a new set of air pollution standards for oil and gas production yesterday. The measure is aimed at curbing emissions of airborne toxins and greenhouse gases from natural gas well pads, but as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, there won't be any changes coming in the near future.
Earlier this week, Garfield County Commissioners postponed a public hearing about a proposed natural gas compressor station on land owned by Colorado Mountain College. But, CMC students and neighbors still had a lot to say. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.