Colorado lags behind in pipeline mapping promise

Nearly two and a half years after a pipeline leak led to an explosion that killed two men in a northern Colorado residential area, the state has yet to carry out a promise—mapping underground pipelines statewide.

The Denver Post reported that in the wake of the April 17, 2017 explosion in the city of Firestone, the state promised to develop more comprehensive public pipeline maps and to carry out better inspections.

Erin Martinez’s husband and brother died in the blast when an uncapped 1-inch pipeline leaked methane into the basement of their home. Since then, she has fought for better public mapping.

“We have all these lines running through the ground that are carrying these dangerous energy things. And we don’t even know where they all are,” she told the newspaper.