DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Local officials in northern Colorado are supporting Gov. John Hickenlooper’s call for a rapid inspection of the state’s more than 50,000 oil and gas wells in the wake of a fatal home explosion in Firestone on April 17 that authorities say was caused by raw natural gas from an old, nearly oil and gas well.
But officials, in a series of statements issued this week, say they also are taking steps of their own, including reviewing — and potentially changing — their local regulations governing development and oil and gas operations.
Fire officials say raw natural gas built up in the home after it seeped through the ground from an abandoned one-inch pipeline that was still attached to an old vertical gas well, drilled in 1993 and currently owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: APC).
The old well was 178 feet from the house, which was built in 2015, more than two decades after the well was drilled.
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