WeldCo commissioners consider changes to oil, gas rules

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By Leo Wolfson

Weld County commissioners want to add more information to maps and create more county oil and gas pipeline rules, after a Firestone explosion killed two people in April.

Homeowner Mark Martinez and his friend Joey Irwin were killed April 17 when a build-up of methane gas from a nearby oil and gas well owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. got into the home through a French drain and sump pump, according to the Frederick-Firestone Fire Department.

Several county residents have talked to her about safety since then, said Barbara Kirkmeyer, county commissioner.

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