Pipe found leaking orange fluid into Thompson Creek
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District and a Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy responded to a call about a pipe leaking orange fluid into Thompson Creek along upper Thompson Creek Road.
A hiker from Carbondale discovered the scene Wednesday afternoon and called authorities, suspecting he was looking at a mine leak. But Rob Goodwin, deputy fire chief for the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District, said they’d found an old water tank nearby and believe the fluid is just rusty water rather than a hazmat situation. Pitkin County Health and Human Services is expected to go to the area and do a full assessment, Goodwin said.
Bjorn Carlson, the hiker who discovered the orange fluid, told the Glenwood Springs Post Independent that it is leaking directly into the creek from a PVC pipe sticking out of the ground. He described the flow as about 5 to 10 feet wide.
The area is home to a long-dormant coal mine.
At the Pitkin County commissioners’ work session Tuesday, the Community Office for Resource Efficiency’s CBMP presented an update to commissioners on work to address the methane after the county allocated $200,000 to the effort in March 2022.