Colorado Petroleum Council upholds safety criteria in wake of gas leak explosion

In the wake of a fiery explosion in Firestone, Colorado, and a subsequent proposal from Gov. John Hickenlooper requesting support from oil and natural gas industry stakeholders, the Colorado Petroleum Council (CPC) issued a statement reiterating high safety standards.

“The tragic event in Firestone … serves to reaffirm the oil and natural gas industry’s long-standing commitment with regulators and emergency officials to never let up on our core value of safety,” CPC Executive Director Tracee Bentley said in a release.

A residence in Firestone, north of Denver, was destroyed and its two occupants were killed earlier this year due to a natural gas leak, the release said.

Hickenlooper has called on the industry to consider his seven-part agenda to increase protections, including suggestions for low-pressure gas lines, heightened vigilance for leaks, stricter requirements for homeowners planning to dig on their property, establishment of training groups and forming peer reviews of state regulations, the release said.

In the release, CPC said it upholds safety and responsible environmental management. 

“We are committed to working with the governor and the state over the next several months as we work through these proposals, all the while continuing to deliver the energy that runs our state and our country with the highest possible standards and safety practices," Bentley said in the release.

CPC is part of the American Petroleum Institute (API), representing all sectors of the nation’s natural resource provider industry.


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