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Anadarko Petroleum to shut down 3,000 wells

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Anadarko Petroleum said it has temporarily shut down more than 3,000 older, vertical gas wells across northeastern Colorado.

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This is following a home explosion and fire in the Weld County town of Firestone on April 17 that killed two men and injured their relatives.

Anadarko said it operates an older, vertical well drilled by a previous operator in 1993 Kerr-McGee, named after a company purchased by Anadarko in 2006.

Due to the proximity of the well to the home, Anadarko said it’s been working with fire officials and the state’s regulatory agencies as they conduct their investigations.

Anadarko said it temporarily shut down more than 3,000 older wells “in an abundance of caution” and as a “proactive” measure.

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