Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the state’s largest oil and gas producer, plans to shut down 3,000 vertical wells in northeastern Colorado after a fatal home explosion in Firestone near one of its wells.
State regulators announced they are investigating the cause of the April 17 explosion that killed two men in a recently built home located within 170 feet of a well that was drilled in 1993.
In a response issued following the tragedy, the company said it is cooperating with fire officials and state regulatory agencies in their investigations.
“It is vital to note that as a top priority, officials have determined there is no threat to surrounding homes and have been in contact with nearby residents.”
Anadarko US onshore exploration and production senior vice president Brad Holly said: “Our teams will remain actively engaged with residents in the Firestone community.
“Colorado residents must feel safe in their own homes, and I want to be clear that we are committed to understanding all that we can about this tragedy as we work with each investigating agency until causes can be determined.”
Investigations are currently underway to ascertain the cause of the fire accident.