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Colorado proposes oil and gas changes after fatal April explosion

Staff Writer | August 23, 2017
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper today announced the state’s response following a three month review of oil and gas operations. He called for the review after the deadly home explosion in Firestone last April that killed two people and injured a third.
home explosion in Firestone
Ecology   Industry provided timely information
“At the time of the explosion, we committed to do all we could to ensure that what happened to the Martinez and Irwin families never happens again,” said Governor John Hickenlooper.

“The actions we announced today are a responsible and appropriate response that places public safety first.”

Immediately following the explosion, the Governor ordered the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to conduct a swift review of flowlines.

Industry provided timely information and has shared in the development of these recommended next steps.

The Governor is directing work to now focus on policy initiatives. Change will come either through rulemaking or legislation.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will be formally announcing that it is establishing an alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Colorado Oil and Gas Association.

This alliance aims to collaboratively address safety within the Oil and Gas Industry by developing best practices to ensure the safety and health of its workforce.