Saturday, July 13, 2013

Company's Priority Apparently Misplaced

JULY 10, 2013:  Workers hired to handle a oil and gas spill that contaminated a creek and groundwater near Parachute may have been exposed to benzene and other hazardous chemicals, federal authorities said Wednesday.

Federal investigators found that Rangely-based Striegel Inc., Williams Co. subsidiary Bargath and Rifle-based Badger Daylighting Corp. failed to protect workers they sent to excavate toxic soil near Williams' Parachute Creek gas plant,where a spill was revealed in March.  The agency also claimed that the firms didn't develop decontamination procedures or ensure employees received safety training relating to the spill, the documents state.