- Associated Press - Friday, May 26, 2017

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - The Latest on a fatal oil tank fire in northern Colorado (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

Colorado’s governor says it’s too soon for the state to take any action in response to a fatal oil tank explosion in Thursday.

The explosion at an oil tank battery in Mead killed one worker and injured three more.

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is resisting calls from an environmental group to temporarily shut down all Colorado gas wells owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. The company owns the site of Thursday’s explosion and another well that caused a fatal home explosion in Firestone. Two people were killed in that blast.

Hickenlooper told reporters Friday that it was too early for any government response pending an investigation into the Mead incident. He said, “Let’s see what happened first.”

The victims of the Mead explosion have not yet been named.

An oil tank battery is a collection of tanks that receive crude oil production from a well.


8 a.m.

A fatal oil tank battery fire in northern Colorado appears to be unrelated to a nearby home explosion last month caused by a leaky gas line.

Thursday’s blast in Mead killed one person and injured three others. All were working on a battery at the site owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.

The explosion happened less than 4 miles away from the Firestone neighborhood where an April 17 explosion killed two people. Investigators blamed that explosion on natural gas from a severed pipeline. Anadarko owns that well, too.

The Weld County Sheriff’s Department tells The Denver Channel that the two deadly incidents aren’t related.

Cpl. Matt Turner with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office tells the station that Thursday’s blast was “a completely separate incident all together.”

Thursday victims haven’t been identified.


Information from: KMGH-TV, https://www.thedenverchannel.com

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