County urges cleanup of gas field contamination |

County urges cleanup of gas field contamination

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Two Garfield County commissioners are urging state regulators to quickly clean up contamination from natural gas operations that have fouled a western Colorado landowner’s spring.

County Commissioners Mike Samson and John Martin voiced frustration Monday with the investigation into the contamination that landowner Ned Prather discovered last May. Prather became sick after drinking water containing volatile organic compounds, including benzene, a known carcinogen.

An attorney for Prather says there is no plan for monitoring or cleanup of the area.

But state regulators say the investigation is ongoing and tests were conducted as recently as last week. They say they are exploring ways to clean the groundwater.

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