Authorities say no outlying hazards or gas near Mead oil tank battery explosion site

Posted at 5:06 PM, May 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-31 19:06:25-04

WELD COUNTY, Colo. – Authorities say they haven’t found any outlying hazardous gas or other possible threats so far in the neighborhood where an oil tank battery exploded last week, killing a site worker for Anadarko and injuring three others.

The Mountain View Fire Protection District, which is leading the investigation into the explosion, still isn’t releasing details about exactly what happened in the explosion, saying the investigation remains ongoing.

But Assistant Chief Roger Rademacher said Wednesday morning that crews had checked all the homes close to the site of the explosion, which happened in the Grand View Estates neighborhood in Mead.

“We only did the nearby homes as the incident was confined to the site that the contractors were working,” Rademacher said.

He added that crews found no hazards that would endanger nearby residents.

“During the investigation in the days following the incident, ongoing air monitoring registered no signs of hazardous gases from the site,” Rademacher said.

Tuesday was the deadline for Colorado oil and gas operators to complete their inspections of wells within 1,000 feet of inhabited buildings. The details of the inspections are expected sometime this week.