Firestone residents meet with Anadarko for first time since home explosion

FIRESTONE, Colo. -- Residents in the Oak Meadows subdivision were face to face with oil and gas representatives for the first time since tragedy struck their neighborhood more than a month ago.

Representatives from Anadarko Petroleum and the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission provided a statement, then took questions from residents at Wednesday night’s HOA meeting that was closed to the public.

“A lot of questions around the activity that they have seen in the neighborhood, definitely around the incident at the Martinez’s residence, and about the flow lines. A lot of questions around that,” Anadarko vice president of Rockies operations Craig Walters said.

Anadarko is the owner of the well that had a cut gas line that caused the deadly home explosion, according to the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District's investigation.

The company informed residents there are three active wells in the neighborhood, all have been shut down and it decided to permanently take them offline.

That means there are no hydrocarbons flowing out of the wells or through any flow lines. Anadarko also offered residents methane detectors for their homes as an added assurance.

“It was an opportunity for us to listen to their concerns and answer their questions as best we could,” Walters said.

Anadarko told residents that there is a lot of information it can’t talk about because of the ongoing National Transportation Safety Board investigation.

When asked about Gov. John Hickenlooper’s request for inspection of all oil and gas wells and flow lines statewide, Walters said Anadarko is well on the way to inspecting all owned by the company.

“We’ve been busy for the past several weeks,” he said. “We’re making good progress on our wells. We still have a lot of work to do.”

Walters said Anadarko has about 350 employees and contractors working on the notice to operators -- or inspection request from the governor’s office.

Hickenlooper’s office said the governor met with officials from the COGCC on Wednesday, and that the oil and gas industry is being responsive to the request for inspections.