Colorado to tighten pipeline rules after fatal gas explosion

It’s one of seven steps recommended by state regulators who reviewed oil and gas operations at Hickenlooper’s direction after the explosion.

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A large pile of charred debris is seen as investigators work at the scene of a fire that killed two people and injured two others on the 6300 Block of Twilight Avenue in Firestone. More photos: TimesCall.com.
Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer April 27,  2017

A large pile of charred debris is seen as investigators work at the scene of a fire that killed two people and injured two others on the 6300 Block of Twilight Avenue in Firestone. (Matt Jonas/Longmont Times-Call)

Colorado officials say they will strengthen regulations for oil and gas pipelines to reduce the chances of another home explosion like one that killed two people in April.

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the rule-tightening on Tuesday. It’s one of seven steps recommended by state regulators who reviewed oil and gas operations at Hickenlooper’s direction after the explosion.

Investigators blamed the explosion on gas leaking from a severed pipeline that was thought to be abandoned but was still connected to a well.

Hickenlooper endorsed another recommendation for the state to set up a service that lets landowners have trained workers identify the locations of pipelines on their property.

He also said the state will establish a fund to seal off so-called orphan wells, which are usually old, inactive wells that no one claims.

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