A dozen fires and explosions at Colorado oil and gas facilities in 8 months since fatal blast in Firestone

This article discusses how new pipeline rules are being proposed in Colorado, but they don’t deal with fatalities from oil and gas industry fires and explosions.

At least a dozen explosions and fires have occurred along Colorado oil and gas industry pipelines in the eight months since two men were killed when a home blew up in Firestone, a Denver Post review of state records found. Two of those explosions killed workers.

The state has not taken any enforcement action in the April 17 Firestone deaths, saying there is no rule — and none is proposed — covering oil and gas industry accidents that lead to fatalities.

Colorado oil and gas industry regulators have responded to the Firestone disaster by proposing modifications of existing rules — to be hashed out in meetings next month — for pipelines under well pads that they call “flowlines.”

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