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The Latest: Colorado governor wants map of gas lines

Ted Poszywak, left, chief of the Frederick-Firestone fire department, and public information officer Summer Campos, right, take questions from members of the media during a news conference, while standing next to a picture of the location where an unrefined gas leak explosion killed two people inside their home in Firestone, Colo., Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Poszywak said that an investigation has revealed that the April 17, 2017 explosion was caused by unrefined natural gas that was leaking from a small abandoned pipeline from a nearby well owned by Anadarko Petroleum. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into a fatal house explosion in northern Colorado (all times local):

3:50 p.m.

Colorado’s governor wants a statewide map of all oilfield pipelines after an old, severed line caused a fatal house explosion last month.

But Democrat John Hickenlooper said Wednesday lawmakers should wait until next year to consider requiring maps because this year’s session is almost over.

Hickenlooper spoke a day after fire investigators announced that an April 17 explosion was caused by a cut in an old gas line that was believed to be out of service but was connected to a producing gas well.

Investigators say they don’t know why the line was hooked up to the well. State regulations require abandoned lines to be disconnected and capped.

The state doesn’t have a comprehensive map identifying all the lines that carry oil and gas from wells to storage tanks or other collection points.


12 a.m.

An explosion that killed two people in a Colorado home has prompted the governor to order sweeping inspections of natural gas lines and is certain to worsen tensions in a state already divided over how to regulate the industry.

Fire investigators said Tuesday the April 17 explosion was caused by a leak in an old gas line that was believed to be out of service but was connect to a producing gas well, for reasons they still do not know.

The line had been cut about 10 feet (3 meters) from the home of Mark and Erin Martinez in Firestone, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Denver, officials said.

Mark Martinez and his brother-in-law, Joseph William Irwin III, were killed. Erin Martinez was badly burned.

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