Colorado lawmakers want gas-well map after fatal home blast

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Posted: May 05, 2017 5:42 PM
Colorado lawmakers want gas-well map after fatal home blast

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers are considering the nation's first statewide gas well map requirement in response to a deadly home explosion traced to an inactive line.

A Democratic House committee approved a bill Friday to force energy drillers to provide the locations of all their gas lines, a national first.

The measure is inspired by a home explosion that killed two people last month in Firestone, a town in northern Colorado. The April 17 blast was traced to gas seeping from an old severed underground pipeline, called a flow line.

The proposal faces long odds. Even its sponsors aren't sure whether the requirement would avert future accidents or help locate old lines whose owners are out of business. And the Democratic governor has said local governments may be able to create maps.