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Anadarko to reopen most wells shut down after deadly home explosion in Colorado

27 July 2017

Anadarko Petroleum says it plans to start back up more than 3,000 vertical wells that were shut off after the fatal house explosion in Firestone in April, according to local media. But the company will permanently shut down the gas well linked to the explosion and fire that killed two and seriously injured a third, as well as another two nearby.

The company disconnected all 1-inch diameter natural gas flow lines from more than 3,000 vertical wells in Colorado shortly after the explosion. But Anadarko says all of its wells have since gone through a rigorous inspection, as ordered by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, and the company plans to have all the wells working again by the end of the year.

Investigators said the explosion was caused by unrefined, odourless natural gas from a cut 1-inch pipeline that was severed. The line was believed to be abandoned, but investigators said it was still connected to a nearby well.

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