Colorado's oil and gas regulators have released an outline of possible new standards for designing, testing and permanently shutting down flow lines.
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The company has voluntarily capped and abandoned all of its 1-inch flowlines on vertical wells in the Weld County area.
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The figures come from energy company reports ordered by the state after a fatal house explosion in Weld County was blamed on a severed gas line.
Colorado's top regulator says as long as the rules are followed, “there’s very little risk, very little potential harm of having empty, abandoned, plugged, capped lines in the subsurface.”
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