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One year after deadly Firestone explosion, half of Anadarko’s vertical wells are back in service – The Denver Post

Nearly a year after the deadly home explosion in Firestone, Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has returned to service almost half the vertical wells it shut down for inspection and plugged and abandoned 600 more. The others are still being evaluated.

Anadarko also said it permanently disconnected nearly 4,000 1-inch flowlines, similar to the one that was left uncapped and leaked flammable gas into the soil near a home on Twilight Avenue in Firestone. The house exploded April 17 as homeowner Mark Martinez and his brother in law, Joey Irwin, were working on a hot water heater in the basement. The men — both licensed plumbers — were killed.Martinez’s wife, Erin, suffered serious burns.

“It’s still tough. I think something folks in our office think about every day,” Korby Bracken, Anadarko’s health safety and environmental director, said in an exclusive interview with Denver7. “We’ve gone through and done 25 point inspections with all of our facilities to make sure they meet not only the regulatory standards but Anadarko’s standards.”

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