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3,000 Wells Shut Down in Colorado After Fatal House Explosion

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation is temporarily closing all its vertical wells across northeast Colorado following a massive house explosion and fire in the town of Firestone last week that killed two people.The Woodlands, Texas-based oil and gas giant said in press release it was shutting more than 3,000 producing vertical wells, which produce about 13,000 barrels of oil per day, “in an abundance of caution.”Mark Martinez and his brother-in-law Joseph William Irwin III, both 42, were killed in the April 17 explosion. Mark’s wife, Erin Martinez, was injured as well her 11-year-old son. A GoFundMe page is currently raising funds for the family.In its statement, Anadarko acknowledged that the blast occurred approximately 200 feet from the family’s recently built two-story home on Twilight Ave., where the company operates an older vertical well drilled by a previous operator.

Source: 3,000 Wells Shut Down in Colorado After Fatal House Explosion

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