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Questions We Can Answer About Colorado’s Order To Inspect Wells And Flowlines


Questions We Can Answer About Colorado’s Order To Inspect Wells And Flowlines

An April 17 home explosion in Firestone, Colorado, that killed two and hospitalized a third, has been traced back to an abandoned flowline that bled off gas from a nearby wellhead into the soil next to the home’s foundation.

The incident prompted an initial voluntary shutdown of wells from three operators, renewed attention to the friction between expanding urban areas and oil and gas development, and an order from Gov. John Hickenlooper for oil and gas operators to inspect active and abandoned flowlines.

Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District investigators concluded May 2 that the flowline was improperly abandoned, meaning it wasn’t capped at both the well end and the far end of the line. The well was inactive for some time. When it was brought back into production in January 2017, methane and propane seeped into the soil near the home of Mark and Erin Martinez from the uncapped line. The gas moved from the soil into the home through a French Drain and sump pit, according to investigators. In contrast to leaking utility pipelines which contain the rotten egg smell — mercaptan — this gas was unscented.

If homeowners are planning to dig underground, they should dial 811, or go to Colorado 811. The nonprofit has a computer system that routes the request to the proper company, including utilities, cable providers and oil and gas operators. They have three days to process the request. If there are lines that homeowners needs to steer clear of, it’s the company’s responsibility to mark on the property where they are. Always remember to call before you dig. 

“We never want anybody out there excavating without having the proper locations out there,” said Colorado 811 Chief Executive Officer J.D. Maniscalco. “If they are ever in doubt. Call us back. Ask for a second notice to be sent.”

READ MORE: 7 Questions We Can Answer About Colorado’s Order To Inspect Wells And Flowlines http://bit.ly/2rNex7z 

 


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By Harriet
What to Consider When Selecting the Most Unique Landscaping Ideas for Colorado

 

traditional-landscapeBought a home in Colorado and don’t know what to do with your sizable new yard? There are countless examples of houses that have been completely transformed through simple landscaping tricks. Whether you want a classy garden, lots of oxygen-giving trees or stone structures and walkways that are completely out of this world, the best Colorado landscaping experts will be able to help you out.

 

The Most Popular Landscaping Ideas for Colorado

 

Compared to other states, Colorado is somewhat trickier for landscaping professionals, since there are many regulations pertaining to the climatic and geographic circumstances associated with the landscaping projects in the area. From high altitudes, to low precipitation, to extreme cold weather, there are many factors that could lead to experts pulling the plug on many of your ideas.

 

So what’s left to consider? As it turns out, you can actually opt for a diverse and imaginative range of landscaping elements you can consider for your projects:

 

  • Vegetables and herbs is definitely bigger today than it used to be. As a landscaping solution, it has caught on in Colorado, and you can now ask landscaping experts to incorporate unusual

herbs into your potted plants and add basil, kale or thyme to your flowering garden.

  • Outdoor living and exterior lighting is a growing trend as Colorado residents continue to expand their outdoor living areas. You can opt for stylish, natural looking outdoor furniture combined with “dark sky” lighting that reduces pollution and allows you to stargaze more easily.
  • Xeriscaping is also a growing trend that shows much more promise today than in recent years. Now xeriscaping is all about groundcovers, colorful flowers and beautiful trees, as well as the addition of texture and color to the smart use of water.

 

Hiring a Qualified Landscaping Contractor

 

Landscaping is only easy when conducted by licensed, highly professional and highly experienced local Colorado experts.

 

To make sure you’re getting the most out of your landscaping deal, consider landscaping contractors that have at least 5-10 years of experience in the business, and can provide you with copies of their license, insurance policies and testimonials from satisfied customers who have used their services in the past.

Before you landscape, call 811 to find underground cables, wires and pipes.

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By Harriet
Denver Metro DPC Excavator Fiesta
Join the Denver Metro Damage Prevention Council for their Excavator Fiesta on Thursday June 29th from 1 – 4pm at the Lamar Street Center for a presentation on vacuum excavating and a high voltage demonstration.

RSVP to Anthony Joosten at [email protected]

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By Whitney Cregger
COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGE NOTICE

COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGE NOTICE

We are currently experiencing a communications system outage (with 811). We are diligently working to resolve this issue. At this time we ask all callers to utilize Ticket Express or Web Ticket Entry to submit ticket requests.
If you have an emergency or damage ticket, please note that information in the marking instructions box.

Outage Update (10:30 am): Our phone system (811) is online and available. Thank you for your patience! 

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By Whitney Cregger
811 Run 2017 – Apex Center in Arvada, CO

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What: The 811 Run is a 5k run/walk and public awareness event to highlight the safety message – Know What’s Below. Contact 811 before you dig.

When: August 12th 2017 @ 8:11am 

Where: Apex Center in Arvada, CO (13150 W 72nd Ave, Arvada, CO 80005)

Cost: $8.11

This certified 5k run is only $8.11 and takes place at the Apex Center in Arvada, CO. Tech running shirts are included with registration. This family friendly (including your four-legged furry family members) run/walk will start at 8:11 a.m. and will have a post-run safety expo that will include utility companies, Arvada Fire, safety demonstrations, music, prizes and other giveaways.

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2017 811 Run Course Map

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Sponsorship Information

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We are now accepting sponsors for the 811 Run, download the sponsorship packet here. For questions regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marty Mead at [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you there! To see photos from the 2016 811 Run, click here.

Veterans Expeditions

All funds raised from the 2017 811 Run will be donated to Veterans ExpeditionsVeterans-Expeditions-Logo-01

VetEx is a veteran-run, veteran-led non-profit that uses wilderness challenges to connect veterans, create community, build self-esteem and raise awareness about the issues facing veterans as they transition back to civilian life.

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Western Slope Damage Prevention Golf Tournament
 Friday, June 23, 2017 – Adobe Creek Golf CourseWestern Slope DPC Golf Image

The Western Slope Damage Prevention Council  invites you to join them for their 6th Annual Damage Prevention Golf Tournament on Friday, June 23, 2017. Hole Sponsorships go to support the Western Slope Damage Prevention Council and all proceeds for Mulligan sales will be donated to Kids Aid and The House. Cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams.

Player Info:

  • Registration begins at 7 am Shotgun Tournament Begins at 8 am
  • Lunch is included Team of 4 – $300
  • Individual Player – $75
  • Mulligans – $5.00 each (maximum 3 per player)

Click here to register online

Sponsor Info:

  • Hole Sponsorship – $150 per hole
  • Beverage Cart Sponsorship – $125

For questions, please contact Julie at [email protected] or 970-309-7838 and Linda at [email protected] or 970-256-2880.

Download the flyer here.

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By Whitney Cregger
COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGE NOTICE

COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGE NOTICE

We are currently experiencing a communications system outage. We are diligently working to resolve this issue. At this time we ask all callers to utilize Ticket Express or Web Ticket Entry to submit ticket requests.
If you have an emergency or damage ticket, please note that information in the marking instructions box.

Communications Outage Notice Update: (11:50am) 811 is back up and running, thank you for your patience!

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By Whitney Cregger
El Paso County Damage Prevention Breakfast
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For more information or to RSVP please contact Shelly Dornick at [email protected].

Download the breakfast sponsorship information here EPCDPC Sponsorship Info. For sponsorship questions, please contact Tracy Beers at [email protected].

Download the El Paso County Damage Prevention Breakfast flyer here: El Paso County DPC Breakfast Flyer

2017 EPCDPC Breakfast Sponsors include:EPDPC Breakfast Logos.Final

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By Whitney Cregger
Meeker Damage Prevention Breakfast

Meeker DP Breakfast 2017.Final

The Western Slope Damage Prevention Council and Colorado 811 invite excavators, contractors, utility members and all other industry stakeholders to the 2017 Meeker Damage Prevention Breakfast on Tuesday, March 28 at the Fairfield Center, located at 200 Main St., Meeker, CO 81641. This complimentary breakfast will include door prizes and giveaways from the event sponsors.

Registration begins at 7:30 am and breakfast/presentations starts at 8:00 am.

Presentation include:

  • Damage Prevention for Oil and Gas Facilities
  • Update on the new PHMSA requirements and penalties
  • WCCA updates – Shawna Grieger

RSVP to Linda Schroder at [email protected] or (970) 256-2880.

Sponsored by: Atmos Energy, Encana Oil & Gas, Enterprise Products, Kinder Morgan, Plains Pipeline, Questar Pipeline, Williams Pipeline and Xcel Energy

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By Whitney Cregger
February 2017 CGA Newsletter

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The February 2017 CGA newsletter is now available, read it here.

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By Whitney Cregger