Working in the oil and gas industry in Colorado has not been easy these past few years. Rocky commodity markets, layoffs and activists who want to put us out of business have taken their toll on morale more times than some of us would like to admit. Our shared belief that the work we do helps people live longer, happier, healthier, and more productive lives has helped us endure through tough times. Sadly, a highly unusual set of events has led us to what may be some of our most challenging days yet.
News broke last week that a home explosion in Firestone was caused by gas leaking from a nearby one-inch flowline. Unprocessed gas from the cut line bled off and saturated the soil, migrating through the French drain system and into the sump pit of the house. Two men lost their lives in the explosion, and one woman was critically injured.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the affected families. It may sound cliché to continue to offer those sentiments, but it feels like it can’t be said enough. The Colorado Oil and Gas Association fully supports the investigation by local and state authorities into what happened that led to this heartbreaking tragedy.
Colorado's oil and gas industry has become a convenient bogey man when times get tough and the state is overturning couch cushions trying to meet its budget needs.
We may employ more than 100,000 men and women, pay more than $1 billion in local and state taxes annually and help pay for roads, bridges, rec centers, libraries and parks in every corner of Colorado, but when state funds run low, someone always wants to tap oil and gas for more.