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Anadarko is among the largest producers of oil and clean-burning natural gas in the state.

Timeline of Actions

April 17, 2017: Tragic home explosion occurs in Firestone, Colo.

April 26, 2017: Anadarko announced proactive measures to shut in more than 3,000 wells throughout northeast Colorado. Crews conduct additional inspections, which include a 25-step process, and testing of associated equipment. 

May 2, 2017: The Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District releases the results of its investigation.

May 2, 2017: COGCC issued a statewide Notice to Operators (NTO) requiring all operators to inspect and document location of all flowlines within 1,000 feet of a building unit as well as pressure test flowlines to verify their integrity.

May 24, 2017: Anadarko holds a town hall meeting for approximately 170 Oak Meadows residents as a part of our ongoing dialogue with local communities. We also established a web portal for residents to receive updates and submit questions or concerns.

June 3, 2017: Anadarko employees distribute methane detectors to residents of Oak Meadows. We also established a program to reimburse households for methane detectors if located within a half-mile of operations in the DJ Basin. In total, the company distributed or provided reimbursement for more than 750 detectors.

On July 28, 2017: Anadarko provided confirmation to the COGCC that we had substantially completed the operational requirements described in the NTO and the “Frequently Asked Questions,” including the abandonment of the remaining inactive steel flowlines.

August 22-28, 2017: Anadarko permanently plugged and reclaimed (commonly referred to as plug and abandon (P&A) in the industry) three vertical wells located within the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, just adjacent to the Oak Meadows subdivision where the accident occurred.

Aug. 22, 2017:  Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced the state’s plan to focus on policy initiatives, which would occur either through rulemaking or legislation.

Oct. 20, 2017: Following several months of monitoring and successful efforts to remediate isolated areas of methane present in the soil near the site of the accident and Oak Meadows Blvd., the COGCC approves Anadarko’s closure request.

March 8, 2018: COGCC issued the Final Order with the critical elements of the new regulations. 

August 9, 2018: Since April 2017, the three wells located in the Oak Meadows subdivision remained shut-in, which means they were not producing oil or natural gas. Anadarko began the plug and reclamation process for these wells in early August 2018, with the work completed by mid-September 2018.

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