The deadly Firestone explosion was a “freak accident,” John Hickenlooper says. He believes that calls for spot checks, and better local-state cooperation are appropriate government responses.
Oil and Gas
An April 17 home explosion in Firestone has renewed attention to the friction between expanding urban areas and oil and gas development.
The deadly accident in April is leading to a discussion about whether houses should be built farther away from existing oil and gas wells.
“We are very saddened by the events in Colorado," Anadarko president and CEO Al Walker told shareholders. “We are going to work very hard to understand it better.”
Oil and gas operators must inspect existing oil and gas flowlines within 1,000 feet of occupied buildings within 30 days.
The state's oil and gas regulators are involved in the investigation because there was an active vertical well less than 200 feet from the home.
The county says its fight against the oil and gas industry is not over just because its moratorium is coming to an end.
The county had imposed a drilling moratorium while it updated the rules. That prompted Attorney General Cynthia Coffman to file suit.
Thursday's Court of Appeals ruling in Xiuhtezcatl Martinez v. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation could have major implications.
“It can be a little bit of a scary time for an operator,” says Phillip Dunning, an analyst with Littleton-based Drillinginfo.