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 (http://tinyurl.com/brjae77 ), 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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