Investigators Link Home Explosion in Firestone to Drilling Activity

Investigators continue to look into the massive home explosion in late April that killed two people and seriously injured two others north of Denver. As Cathy Proctor reports for the Denver Business Journal, the culprit of the home explosion is indeed a nearby gas well owned by Anadarko:

The Frederick-Firestone Fire Department on Tuesday said their investigation has linked the cause of a April 17 home blast that killed two men to gas from a line connected to an Anadarko Petroleum Corp. well in the vicinity.

“Investigators have reached the conclusion that the origin and cause of the explosion and subsequent fire … was unrefined, non-odorized gas that entered the home through a French drain and sump pit due to a cut, abandoned gas flow line attached to an oil and gas well in the vicinity that, while abandoned, had not been disconnected from the wellhead and capped,” said the department in a statement…

…Until today, there was no official finding that Anadarko’s operations had anything to do with the fatal blast.

Nevertheless, the tragedy — and Anadarko’s decision to shut down some 3,000 gas wells in the area — added fuel to the debates, underway across Colorado for years, about the proximity of oil and gas facilities and communities.

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  1. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    Can the debate be over, please? Can we phase out the use of natural gas as soon as possible, please? Can we establish realistic setbacks based on human safety instead of maximum profit…please?

    Thank you….

    • Powerful PearPowerful Pear says:

      No we can't. No we won't. Even the Unabomber wouldn't have put forward such a stupid idea. 

      You go first. Disconnect from your utility.. Hook up to a wind mill or solar panels and tell us how it goes.. Park your car and walk or ride your bike to council meetings.

      • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

        I live off the grid. I have solar and a “windmill”.. 

        I burn bio-diesel.

        Shut up.

         

      • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

        Oh, but we will PeePee. 30,00x more energy falls on the face of this (not 6,000yr old) planet than we consume every day. There's enough agricultural waste produced annually (1.4 billion tons, easily converted to liquid fuels but-not-for our fossil-soaked Congress and its bankers, err, I mean lobbyists at API that keep those fuels out of the marketplace. Organic batteries are on the horizon and hemp lignin will be replacing graphene in energy storage in our lifetimes. Wind energy is the cheapest form of energy on the planet today (surely you're paying attention to what Xcel Energy is doing?)

        Like any public policy – it's ultimately a math equation. We have infinity and abundance on our side – you deal with scarcity and finite resources. 

        All of Drumpf's horses and all of Drumpf's men won't put this genie back in the bottle. 

  2. Gray in Mountains says:

    200 feet is clearly not a large enough setback. We can not depend on O&G to prevent houses from exploding. Is 500 enough? 1000? We consider, often, the free market rights of developers to be what we should desire, rather than effectual protection. We do it in healthcare coverage as well even when all measures show we clearly do NOT have the best health outcomes. The "free" market is just too expensive

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