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DENVER (AP) — The largest energy driller in Colorado is closing a natural gas gathering system due to safety concerns.

The Denver Post reported Thursday that Anadarko Petroleum Corp. will close the network of pipelines known as Third Creek in northern Colorado.

The system carries gas from wells to processing facilities and then to market. It provides a crucial link between wells and buyers.

The move comes just a week after Anadarko reached a settlement with the families of victims and survivors of a home explosion in Firestone. The explosion was blamed on an uncapped flowline operated by the company. But Anadarko spokeswoman Jennifer Brice said the decision to close Third Creek was not connected to the explosion.

She said the company’s “commitment to safety and the environment must take precedence.”


Information from: The Denver Post,