Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday said he expects there will be “a very rich discussion” of whether the state should create buffer zones that ensure new homes are not built too close to existing oil and gas wells.

His comments are an indication that the effects of a fatal home explosion in Firestone could ripple far beyond the state’s oil and gas industry.

Hickenlooper spoke with reporters Wednesday in the wake of a finding Tuesday by local fire officials that linked a fatal home explosion in Firestone to an abandoned flow line that was still attached to an active well. Fire officials said they believe raw natural gas from the well flowed through the flow line to a point about six feet away from a home at 6312 Twilight Ave., which exploded on April 17.

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