Colo. regulators probe alleged gas waste spills |

Colo. regulators probe alleged gas waste spills

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” State regulators are investigating more reports of possible spills from natural gas operations in western Colorado after a cancer-causing chemical was found in groundwater.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission issued notices of alleged violations to Williams Production and Oxy USA after the waste was found in water northwest of Parachute in June.

Benzene, a carcinogen found in gas, was detected in water samples collected by a rancher. Oxy USA also notified the state after discovering waste in several area springs.

Notices were issued May 30 to Williams and three other companies in connection with benzene found in drinking water at a cabin outside Parachute.

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