A Fatal Home Explosion Exposes the Risk of Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells

Oil and gas drilling has boomed across the U.S. in the last decade and shows little sign of slowing. So far in 2017 the number of active rigs has risen a steady 2.1 percent every week. And it’s not just in the empty spaces of the country — almost half of Colorado’s 54,000 active gas wells, for example, are in one of the country’s fastest-growing counties. There are clear risks when oil companies and residents share borders.

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