Chemical Safety Board investigates fatal Firestone explosion

Luminent and CartoPac technology deploys to site of leaking natural gas flow line.

The US Chemical safety board (CSB) is investigating a home explosion caused by a nearby leaking gas well in Firestone, Colorado. The explosion led to two fatalities and one serious injury. Preliminary information indicates that the Anadarko-operated well was no longer in service, but an ‘uncapped flow line’ came within several feet of the home and was the likely source of the explosion.

Local KDVR TV reported that the Colorado oil and gas conservation commission (COGCC) had found more pockets of methane trapped underground near the site of the explosion. Investigators said the explosion was caused by gas entering the home through a cut, abandoned flow line. Anadarko has closed some 3,000 wells in northeastern Colorado as a precaution.

The methane pocket was mapped using technology from Luminent and CartoPac. The ‘tiered’ technology and services solution is designed to help operators comply with flowline inspection requirements, notably the COGCC May 2, 2017 Notice to Operators on flowline inspections.

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