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Colorado OKs New Oil, Gas Line Rules After Firestone Blast


Colorado has nearly 129,000 flow lines within about 1,000 feet of occupied buildings, according to energy company reports submitted to the state last year. The proximity of oil and gas wells to homes and schools is a contentious issue in Colorado ...


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A well pad positioned in a residential Firestone, Colo., neighborhood a few blocks from the charred remains of a house where an unrefined petroleum industry gas line leak explosion killed two people. Brennan Linsley/AP Colorado regulators approved new rules for thousands of oil and gas pipelines Tuesday, 10 months after investigators blamed a leaking pipeline for a fatal gas explosion. The regulations set requirements for installing, testing and shutting down flowlines, which carry oil and gas from wells to nearby equipmentThey also require energy companies to report the locations of many pipelines to regulators. Instead Of Mapping, Colorado Is Gathering More Flowline DataHere's What To Expect "These are the most comprehensive rules addressing flowlines in the country," said Howard Boigon, a member of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which approved the rules on a unanimous vote. The rules are intended to prevent a repeat of the April 17 explosion that killed two people, injured a third and destroyed a house in the town of Firestone, about 30 miles north of DenverInvestigators said the explosion was caused by odorless, unrefined natural gas from a severed flow line. The line was believed to be abandoned but was still connected to an operating well with the valve turned to the open position, investigators said. The flowline was severed about 10 feet from the house, and gas seeped into the home's basement, investigators saidThe well and pipeline were in place several years before the house was built. Colorado has nearly 129,000 flow lines within about 1,000 feet of occupied buildings, according to energy company reports submitted to the state last year. The proximity of oil and gas wells to homes and schools is a contentious issue in Colorado, especially in the fast-growing Front Range urban corridor, which overlaps with an oil and gas fieldFirestone is in the midst of the growth area. The new regulations say flowlines that are permanently taken out of service must be disconnected, drained and sealed at both ends and any above-ground portion must be removedThe rules also allow energy companies to simply remove the lines. The proposal also requires energy companies to provide information on the location of flowlines to the Call 811 program, which marks the site of underground utilities at a property owner's requestThat's meant to help homeowners and construction companies avoid inadvertently severing a line. EnergyOil and GasColorado Oil and Gas Conservation CommissionFirestoneFront Range Colorado Public Radio reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any mediumBy commenting below, you agree to these termsFor additional information, please consult our Privacy Policy & Terms of Use as well as our Community Standards. Energy and Environment Donate To CPR Support impartial journalism, music exploration and discovery with your monthly gift today.

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