Colorado oil tank blast kills worker, spurs safety questions
May 26, 2017
DENVER (AP) — An oil tank explosion in northern Colorado killed a worker and burned three others, shooting up flames just miles away from an unrelated gas blast last month and prompting fresh questions about safety in one of Colorado's largest industries — oil and gas extraction.
The fire flared Thursday when the workers completed upgrades to an oil tank battery, which is a collection of tanks that receive crude oil production from a well.
Anadarko Petroleum Co. said the facility in Mead, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Denver, was not in service and the fire was under investiga...