Colorado Won’t Put Oil and Gas Pipeline Map Online

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DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says the state won’t offer an online map of oil and gas pipelines after a fatal house explosion that was blamed on a leaking pipe, citing security concerns.

Hickenlooper said Tuesday Colorado will instead expand an existing service that allows people to have trained workers mark the location of underground utilities on their property.

Hickenlooper said three months ago the state needed a pipeline map after an explosion in the town of Firestone killed two people. Investigators blamed gas leaking from a pipeline that was thought to be abandoned but was still connected to a well.

The governor said Tuesday that some people had expressed concerns about theft and security if a map were online. He said those concerns were valid.

Hickenlooper said including pipelines in the Call 811 utility locator service would make the information available to homeowners and builders.

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