The company has voluntarily capped and abandoned all of its 1-inch flowlines on vertical wells in the Weld County area.
Oil and Gas
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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.”
A report from the Colorado School of Public Health says there were at least 116 incidents between 2006 and 2015.
Cities along the Front Range are growing rapidly and the state’s 54,332 oil and gas wells aren't going anywhere.
A tank explosion happened less than 4 miles away from the Firestone neighborhood, where an April 17 explosion killed two people.
Anadarko believes the wells are safe but is shutting them down because of the "special circumstances and sensitivity surrounding this equipment."
If a flowline isn’t regularly tested and properly abandoned, it can cause problems.
Spokesman Brian Cain said Extraction Oil & Gas always planned to build a pipeline. Neighbors dispute that account.