LONGMONT, Colo. — Neighbors have filed the first lawsuit stemming from a fatal house explosion in northern Colorado that’s blamed on unrefined natural gas flowing from a severed pipeline.
The Longmont Times-Call reports https://goo.gl/dSwiin Jeffrey and Karla Baum filed a negligence lawsuit against Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and others Monday over fears their home isn’t safe after the April 17 explosion.
The blast in Firestone killed two people and badly burned a third. State regulators said the severed 1-inch (2.5-centimeter) line was thought to be out of service but was connected to a nearby gas well with a valve turned on.
State regulators ordered oil and gas companies to inspect and test all similar pipelines within 1,000 feet of occupied buildings.
A call to Anadarko’s headquarters in Texas went unanswered Monday evening.
Information from: Daily Times-Call, http://timescall.com/