Energy company unhooks gas lines after fatal Colorado blast

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Posted: May 16, 2017 7:16 PM

FIRESTONE, Colo. (AP) — The company that owns a gas well linked to a fatal home explosion in Colorado says it is permanently disconnecting other pipelines in the area like the one blamed in the explosion.

Anadarko Petroleum announced the step Tuesday.

Investigators say a severed 1-inch (2.5-centimeter) pipeline caused the April 17 explosion that killed two people in the town of Firestone. The pipeline was thought to be out of service, but investigators said it was still connected to a well.

It wasn't known how many pipelines would be disconnected. Anadarko says it has more than 3,000 wells in northeastern Colorado similar to the one linked to the explosion.

The state previously ordered companies to inspect all pipelines that connect wells to storage tanks within 1,000 feet (300 meters) of occupied buildings.