Colorado top oil, gas producers finish state-mandated pipeline inspection in wake of fatal Firestone home explosion
June 1, 2017
The two largest gas producers in the state — and in Weld County — said they completed inspections on their pipelines located within 1,000 feet of buildings, an action ordered by state regulators in the wake of a fatal home explosion in Firestone blamed on an underground pipeline.
The two producers — Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Noble Energy — in separate announcements added that they also had submitted detailed inventory and location data to state regulators.
Anadarko, the top gas producer in Colorado, said in a prepared statement that the company deployed more than 350 employees and contractors to compile the information.
Noble, the second-largest gas producer in the state, said in its prepared statement that 95 percent of its production is located outside municipalities. That company added that it operates just under 3,000 wells within 1,000 feet of buildings. Each well has two associated flow lines.
The companies said they were continuing work on a second phase of the state order, which requires them and all producers in the state to conduct pressure tests on pipelines within 1,000 feet of buildings.
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