by Peggy Tibbets
Ever wonder what could possibly go wrong with residential drilling? Now we’re finding out.
Today Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the state’s largest oil & gas producer, released a statement announcing plans to shut down all their vertical wells in northeastern Colorado, “in an abundance of caution” following a home explosion in Firestone on April 17, in which the homeowner Mark Martinez and his brother-in-law Joey Irwin were killed, and Mark’s wife Erin was seriously injured. Firestone is located in Weld County, home to over 22,000 oil & gas wells. Click here to read the full story.
Turns out Anadarko operates a vertical well about 200 feet from the Martinez’s home.