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Anadarko Petroleum oil tank leak reported near Erie Commons

ERIE, Colo. – An Anadarko Petroleum oil tank started leaking near an Erie Commons well site south of Maxwell Street on Wednesday, the town of Erie reports. Erie authorities say the leaking oil is being released into a containment area, but have not released further details. The town said the company would be providing further information in a release […]

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Anadarko and subsidiary Kerr-McGee granted extra month to finish Colorado well audit, make changes

DENVER – Colorado’s oil and gas regulators will allow at least one operator an extra month to plug and abandon thousands of return lines in an ongoing audit of all of the state’s oil and gas wells and flowlines. Kerr-McGee, which is a subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, requested in a June 15 letter to […]

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Report: Oil and gas explosions, fires may be underreported due to Colorado’s ‘lenient’ guidelines

DENVER – A new research report by Colorado scientists published last month says that statistics on oil and gas explosions and fires in the state may be lacking or underreported because of “lenient” self-reporting guidelines in Colorado. The study will be published in the July edition of Energy Research & Social Sciences by researchers from […]

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Colorado oil, gas regulators say operators ‘appear’ to be taking mandatory review seriously

DENVER – Colorado regulators have received most of the reports detailing the location of above-ground vertical oil and gas well pipes that was required in an order from Gov. John Hickenlooper last month, but it “appears” some small operators have yet to submit their reports, the state oil and gas commission said Friday. On May […]

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Questions mount after host of Colorado oil and gas incidents; safety investigations continue

WELD COUNTY, Colo. – Gov. John Hickenlooper says there is currently “no reason to believe” that the circumstances behind Thursday’s deadly explosion at an oil tank battery in Weld County are similar to those that caused a home in Firestone to explode last month, killing two. The name of the worker who died at the […]

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Lawsuit: Anadarko defrauded investors with ‘materially false’ info about Firestone explosion risk

DENVER – Anadarko Petroleum, the company responsible for two oil and gas sites whose explosions have killed three people and severely injured four others in Colorado over the past five weeks, now faces accusations that it made “materially false and misleading statements” about the Firestone home explosion that defrauded investors out of money. An investor […]

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Amid calls for review of Colo. wells following explosion, agencies caution against rush to judgment

DENVER – Officials continue to urge people not to jump conclusions as to why a Colorado oil and gas operator shut in 3,000 of its wells following a home explosion in Firestone that killed two men. The Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District on Friday said it wouldn’t release any further information about the April 17 explosion […]

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Questions abound after oil company’s decision to shutter wells near site of Firestone home explosion

DENVER – Seven active oil and gas wells were shut down in the Firestone neighborhood where a house exploded during a water heater installation on April 17, killing two, state oil and gas officials said Thursday. The information came as the head of Colorado’s oil and gas commission held a news conference Thursday morning to […]

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Fight over Thompson Divide oil and gas leases heats up with Pitkin Co. lawsuit

PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. – A fight over oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide area continues to heat up, as Pitkin County and an environmental nonprofit filed suit Wednesday to be sure that a November decision by the feds to cancel 25 leases in the area is upheld under the Trump administration. The lawsuit, […]

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Months after 2016 election, race for Colorado’s congressional districts in 2018 already heating up

DENVER – It’s been just over five months since the 2016 General Election, but two 2018 congressional races in Colorado are already heating up. State Sen. Andy Kerr, a Democrat from Jefferson County, announced his bid for Colorado’s 7th Congressional District seat in an event a Dunstan Middle School in Lakewood – a school he […]

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