Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission chief Matt Lepore said the move follows an April 17 explosion at a home in Firestone.
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Local governments are exploring what new levels of control they can exert without running afoul of state law.
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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.”
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.