Fire at Anadarko oil tank site kills worker, injures 3

Gwen Vasquez
June 5, 2017

One person was killed and three people were injured Thursday at an Anadarko Petroleum Corp. oil tanker site in Weld County, CO.

Three people were taken to the hospital - one with serious injuries - after an oil tank battery exploded this afternoon north of Firestone. Anadarko Petroleum announced that its plant in the foreign Ministry in 64 miles from Denver, in that moment did not work, the company is investigating the cause of the accident.

Gov. John Hickenlooper says there is now "no reason to believe" that the circumstances behind Thursday's deadly explosion at an oil tank battery in Weld County are similar to those that caused a home in Firestone to explode last month, killing two.

In a March filing with the SEC, Anadarko disclosed that it is facing an investigation from the state's Health Department over air quality regulations and says "it is likely a resolution of this matter will result in a fine or penalty in excess of $100,000".

The National Transportation Safety Board has stepped into the lead of the investigation to probe whether the pipelines have any safety issues that could have a national impact.

This item has been corrected to show the fire was at an oil tank battery, not a gas well battery.

"Both the industry and policy makers of all political stripes have an obligation to treat these incidents not as isolated or freak accidents, but as indicators that we must do more now-we must take real, concrete steps-for Coloradans to have confidence that deadly explosions and fires won't occur in the future", Foote said.

Anadarko spokeswoman Helen Wells said the workers were with a contract crew performing maintenance at the site when the blaze started.

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The company has not identified the workers.

At the HOA's request, Anadarko is providing funding for the purchase of home natural gas detection devices.

Fire crews arrived on the scene to find the oil tank battery "fully engulfed" in flames.

"Today is about the victims and families of the Mead accident". Investigators blamed the explosion on unrefined, odorless natural gas from a severed 1-inch pipeline.

Tank batteries are used to hold oil and gas being pumped from wells, and are connected to those wells by flow lines like the abandoned one that was severed sometime before the Firestone explosion.

In the wake of the fire, the Sierra Club called on Anadarko to immediately shutter all its operations in Colorado pending a review by state and federal authorities.

Earlier this month, an investor named Robert Edgar sued Anadarko, alleging that the company "made materially false and misleading statements" about its maintenance and safety protocols for wells such as the one linked to the explosion.

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