Company to shut down well linked to fatal Colorado explosion

By The Associated Press

The company that owns a gas well linked to a fatal home explosion in Colorado says it will permanently shut down that well and two others in the neighborhood.

 

FIRESTONE, Colo. (AP) — The company that owns a gas well linked to a fatal home explosion in Colorado says it will permanently shut down that well and two others in the neighborhood.

Anadarko Petroleum announced the shut-down Wednesday in Firestone, where an April 17 explosion killed two people. Investigators blamed the explosion on unrefined, odorless natural gas from a severed 1-inch (2.5-centimeter) pipeline.

The pipeline was thought to be out of service, but investigators say it was still connected to a well near the home.

Federal, state and local authorities are investigating.

Anadarko says it believes the three wells are safe but is shutting them down because of the "special circumstances and sensitivity surrounding this equipment."

Anadarko also says it will pay for natural gas detectors for neighborhood residents.

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