No Sign Yet Of Well Leak In Fatal Home Explosion

DENVER (AP) — Colorado regulators say they’ve found no signs of natural gas leaks after a fatal explosion at a home near a gas well but they’re still running tests.

news conference No Sign Yet Of Well Leak In Fatal Home Explosion

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State Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Director Matt Lepore said Thursday air sampling after the explosion found no trace of escaped gas in the neighborhood. Soil samples are planned.

Lepore says he doesn’t believe the public is in immediate danger.

“Based on all the investigations to date, COGCC believes there is no immediate threat to the environment or public safety associated with oil and gas operations in the neighborhood,” said Lepore.

See Lepore’s complete news conference Thursday morning in Denver in the video clip below:

Two people died when the house exploded April 17 in Firestone. The house was within 200 feet of a well producing mostly gas and some oil.

Lepore and fire officials say they don’t know what caused the explosion but the well is part of the investigation.

That well and others have been shut down.

Additional Resources

A special section of the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission website allows anyone  to see if wells are in their neighborhood.

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