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Colorado reviewing inspection reports from 16,000 oil and gas wells across state

By: ALDO SVALDI, The Denver Post
June 3, 2017 Updated: June 3, 2017 at 10:11 am
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A home explosion in Firestone Monday, April 17, 2017 killed two and sent two people to the hospital. Photo by Dennis Herrera.

Oil and gas operators are mostly complying with a statewide order from Gov. John Hickenlooper to identify and inspect any of their lines located near occupied buildings, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said Friday.

The commission received 129 reports, more than expected, by the May 30 deadline. The reports detail the GPS coordinates of risers, or the part of the flow lines that come out of the ground, located within 1,000 feet of occupied buildings.

The May 2 order followed a home explosion in Firestone that killed two men. Inspectors traced the gas behind the blast to a severed flowline that was still attached to a nearby well owned by Anadarko Petroleum.

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