Friends and Neighbors,
Many of you may have heard, but some of you may have not, that there was an unimaginable tragedy in our neighbor Town of Firestone last month in which Joey Erwin and Mark Martinez were killed and Erin Martinez was critically injured when there was a violent explosion in the Martinez's home.
Today we learned from local authorities that these deaths were caused by an oil and gas pipeline that was supposed to be closed near a home. The pipe was cut near the home and, thus, when the pipe was later activated the basement of the home was filled with odorless natural gas, which in turn led to the Martinez's basement being filled with gas. (To read more, read the article here:http://www.denverpost.com/2017/05/02/firestone-explosion-cause-cut-gas-line/)
There are some important things to let you know:
(1) There are similar lines in our community. We have existing oil and gas wells within our community that are serviced by pipelines to move gas from those wells for use.
(2) There is no evidence that the circumstances that led to this tragedy exist in Broomfield, Erie or Superior at this time.
(3) The Governor of Colorado has taken action to make sure this risk is not shared in our communities by ordering all oil and gas operators to take the following actions:
* Inspect and pressure test existing oil and gas flowlines within 1,000 feet of occupied buildings to ensure integrity;
* Ensure that any lines that are not in use are properly marked and capped;
*Ensure all abandoned lines are cut below the surface and sealed.
To read more of the Governor's order, please click here:https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/gov-hickenlooper-directs-review-statewide-oil-and-gas-operations-following-firestone-home
(4) For those of you who live in Broomfield, the City government has joined the Governor's call to be assured of what is happening locally. For more information, see here:
The Governor and Broomfield are right. Something went terribly wrong here and two innocent people were killed as a result. It's our job to make sure something like this never happens in our community.
We must find out exactly what went wrong and fix it. I will be working on this in the coming days, weeks, months and years and I hope you'll join me.
It's my honor to serve this community every day.