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Benzene Contamination of the Denver South Platte

December 2, 2011
Author: Trouts Staff

Unless you've been living under a log for the past week, you've undoubtedly heard about the Benzene contamination of Sand Creek and The Denver South Platte.  It is still early in the investigation as to the cause and long term effects, but we can all agree that this is a awful situation that will have far and long reaching implications.  Will Rice, contributor to a variety of publications and good friend of Trout's Fly Fishing, offers some unique insight on the ultimate effects of this disaster from the eyes of a die-hard DSP angler.

"When I was 13 years old my buddy Scott was attacked by a doberman. It was bad. The dog mauled him head on—Scott's cheek was punctured, one eye was nicked and subsequently swollen shut, and he lost part of a finger trying to fend off the attack. It had been a family dog, one he'd lived with his entire life.

As I drove down a frozen York Street toward the site of the recent Suncor disaster on the South Platte River, it felt like I was 13 years old again. I knew I had to go. I knew I had to see it with my own eyes, but I didn't want to. The music blared and I drove too fast—my usual modus operandi on the way to the DSP. But the feeling was different yesterday. As I approached the water and shut down the engine, not more than five miles from the front door of my house, it felt like I was approaching my good buddy’s house with trepidation after he had been attacked. I knew what I was about to witness was going to be bad."

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