Inspections of oil and gas wells underway

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DENVER -- Oil and gas well inspections are underway across the state, prompted by an order from the governor's office after a home explosion and fire in Firestone on April 17 killed two men.

Fire investigators said a cut, abandoned flow line sent gas seeping into the house. It blew up, killing Mark Martinez and Joey Irwin as they were working on a hot water heater. A third person was injured.

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Weld County commissioners said Thursday they have reached out to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to set up a meeting about how well inspections will be done, how reports will be recorded and how the reports will be made available to the public.

No meeting date has been set.

Inspections are happening in Boulder County, where a program has been in place for two years because there aren't enough state inspectors to visit every site every year.