Anadarko gas well targeted in Firestone house explosion investigation

 

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.

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