Firestone couple concerned about existing gas well less than 200 feet from their new house

Builder now letting them out of their contract
Posted at 9:44 PM, May 17, 2017

FIRESTONE, Colo. -- One month since a deadly house explosion in Firestone that was caused by an uncapped well, veteran Paul Elwell and his wife Margaret are concerned about an existing well less than 200 feet from their brand-new house and now want out of their contract. 

"I love the house, I love the area because it's such a beautiful view, but it's not worth it," said Margaret.

The Elwel's said they went under contract with LGI Homes back in March, despite not knowing exactly what was behind their house located on Carbondale Street near Highway 119.

"We didn't know what it was, and the people in the office didn't know what it was or that's what they said but I think it's a bunch of crap," said Paul.

"Legally, they don't have to tell you," explained Margaret.

Following the house explosion less than a mile away, the Elwell's discovered they had the same kind of well in their backyard and that's when they decided they wanted out of their deal.

"The more I hear about it, I just don't feel comfortable with it," said Margaret.

Denver7 checked COGCC records and found the well behind their house was drilled by Kerr-Mcgee, which is now owned by Anadarko. It was drilled about ten years ago and is currently producing.

"I want out of the contract and I want my thousand dollars back, because I'll be darn if I want to give up a thousand dollars of my money -- I'm retired military and I don't get a whole bunch," said Paul.

At first, the Elwell's said the builder would not refund their money or let them out of their contract.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the builder, LGI homes, told Denver7 they plan to refund the couple's money and are in the process of canceling their sale.