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Water samples at Rabbit Ears Pass spill site similar to other test sites

— A company hired to do water quality sampling in the vicinity of a chemical spill that occurred March 13 on Rabbit Ears Pass has some good news.

Highlands Ranch-based ARCADIS has been doing water quality sampling twice daily upstream and downstream of the accident site.

“The water quality sites were found with levels similar to what ARCADIS found upstream of the response area and in other areas within Routt county that are outside the response area,” ARCADIS spokesman Marc Lumpkin wrote Thursday in an email. “ARCADIS experts, including one based in Steamboat, were brought on to this project to conduct water quality and soil sampling and communicate that to local and state officials.”

ARCADIS continues to monitor local water quality, and clean-up efforts continue.

During the crash, a tanker truck rolled and spilled between 5,000 and 5,500 gallons of triazine and methanol. The chemicals are used in the fracking process of oil and gas operations to neutralize hydrogen sulfides.

Lumpkin said ARCADIS has tested and continues to test water samples for MEA-triazine, methanol and formaldehyde at every sample location.

So far, 2,262 tons of soil have been removed from the contamination area and transported to the Milner Landfill for disposal, according to a news release. Additionally, 117,840 gallons of water have been transported to the Colorado Liquid Waste Disposal Facility in Elk Springs.

Custom Environmental Services is cleaning up the spill.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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