Colorado Orphaned Wells Expected to Be Plugged in 5 Years

Colorado Orphaned Wells Expected to Be Plugged in 5 Years

Rick Sallinger | CBS4

What happened in April 2017 in Firestone was not the result of a so-called orphaned well, but the two deaths from the explosion there set in motion a concern.

Gov. John Hickenlooper cited the incident as he signed an executive order on Wednesday to get rid of abandoned or the so-called orphaned wells.

“It’s not just what happened in that specific instance. I’m not sure we’ve ever seen that before or will see it again.”

Hickenlooper ordered an inspection of gas and oil wells around the state following the Firestone tragedy. CBS4 went along as the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commissions inspectors attempted to make sure the wells were safe.

Now, the governor has signed an executive order to address the safety of 260 orphaned wells with no known owner…(Read the full story)

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