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Valley residents come together to celebrate Thompson Divide

July 15, 2013
More than 400 people gathered at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs on Saturday to celebrate the Thompson Divide with speakers, music, food, and plenty of petition-signing. A coalition called United for Thompson Divide organized the event to draw attention to why they believe the area just south of Glenwood Springs and Carbondale should be left off the list of places to drill for natural gas. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh was there and has this report.

Related: Fracktivists Push for Statewide Moratorium
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OSHA Fines Companies Involved in Parachute Creek Cleanup

July 9, 2013
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported that two companies involved in the cleanup of the recent Parachute Creek hydrocarbon spill have been fined more than $18,000 for health and safety violations during the cleanup process. KDNK has since learned that one other company involved in the cleanup was also fined nearly $10,000 for similar violations. KDNK's Nelson Harvey reports.
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History of air pollution at site of Parachute Creek spill

June 3, 2013
Workers continue their remediation work at a Williams Midstream natural gas plant that has been leaking toxins into nearby water sources for at least three months. State authorities say cleanup efforts have been successful in reducing water contamination at the site. But as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, EPA documents show the facility has a history of air pollution violations.
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Are the Parachute Creek cleanup crews safe from the plume?

Are the Parachute Creek cleanup crews safe from the plume? May 16, 2013
Months after discovering a toxic pipeline leak at a natural gas plant on Parachute Creek, industry workers are continuing efforts to clear the creek water of chemicals. But as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, area scientists are raising questions about the dangers the cleanup methods pose to the health of on-site workers.

(Click on the headline for a response to this story from Williams) 
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Local groups appeal BLM decision extending life of leases in the Thompson Divide

May 7, 2013
On Monday, a group of local governments and conservation organizations filed appeals against the Bureau of Land Management's recent decision to allow oil and gas companies to hold on to expiring leases in the Thompson Divide. KDNK's Ed Williams has more.
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Stakeholders looking for consensual solution, says Senator Bennet

May 6, 2013
Colorado Senator Michael Bennet stopped in Carbondale late last week for a Thompson Divide Coalition event, to shake some hands and to have a burger. KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Bennet to get an update on a bill he recently introduced that would prevent future drilling in the Thompson Divide.
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Cleanup of Parachute Creek spill could take years

May 1, 2013
At a meeting with state environmental regulators Monday night in Parachute, well over 100 people gathered to hear the latest on the Parachute Creek hydrocarbon spill. The spill was first reported to regulators in early March, and at Monday's meeting officials updated the crowd on how much contamination has been found in groundwater and in the creek. They also gave their first indication of just how long it could take to finish cleaning up the spill. KDNK's Nelson Harvey reports.

(More coverage of the Parachute Creek spill is available in our news archives.)
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Parachute spill highlights pipeline regulation problems in Colorado

April 12, 2013
On this week's episode of the KDNK News Brief, KDNK's Ed Williams talks to Dennis Webb of the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel about his article detailing problems with oil and gas pipeline regulation in Colorado.
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BLM temporarily suspends Thompson Divide leases pending environmental review

BLM temporarily suspends Thompson Divide leases pending environmental review April 10, 2013
The Bureau of Land Management announced Tuesday that several gas leases in the Thompson Divide will be suspended. KDNK's Eric Skalac has more.
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January leak preceded recent hydrocarbon spill near Parachute Creek

April 8, 2013
Nearly a month after a hydrocarbon plume was discovered near a gas plant owned by the company Williams Midstream about four miles north of the town of Parachute, it's source has not been identified. The plume continues leaking toxic compounds like the carcinogen benzene into groundwater near Parachute Creek.

At a public forum Thursday night Williams officials revealed that there was another leak a few months ago at the same spot thought to be the source of the current plume. That leak was apparently not reported to state officials.

KDNK's Nelson Harvey reports on that news, and the public's response.
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