Anadarko Shuts Down Well That Caused Deadly Home Explosion in Colorado

The well connected to an April gas explosion that killed two men and badly injured a woman in Firestone, Colorado is being permanently shut down by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.

The company said it is also closing two others in the subdivision.

“We are confident these wells would be safe to bring back on production at a future date,” said Craig Walters, the company’s vice president for Rockies operations. “However, we recognize the special circumstances and sensitivity around this particular equipment, and therefore, made the decision to take these 3 wells off line permanently.”

The explosion was caused by a severed pipeline connected to the gas well which is labeled as owned by Kerr McGee, a former Oklahoma City company now owned by Anadarko.  It allowed raw gas to lake into the basement of a home built two years ago. The blast destroyed the home and killed the two men.


The company is also paying for natural gas detectors for the people in the Oak Meadows subdivision, Walters said.

Investigators in Firestone determined that a severed pipeline connected to the gas well allowed raw gas to leak into the basement of a home built in 2015.


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