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County commissioners make monitors available to all Weld County residents
Posted on 08/24/2017
Commissioners make monitors available to all Weld County residentsIn follow up to their May statement regarding the tragic home explosion in Firestone, the Board of Commissioners will make monitors that detect explosive gasses available to any county resident – free of charge.

“When residents expressed concern about well-water near oil and gas facilities, the Board developed a water testing program,” said Commissioner Chair Julie Cozad. “Now we understandably hear concerns about flow lines and gasses, so we developed a similar program to help alleviate public concern.”

The county’s well-water testing program started in 2012 and is available to any county resident on well-water (municipal water is already tested) concerned about the possible presence of volatile organic compounds (or VOCs). The program, which is funded through Federal Mineral Lease dollars, has tested 400 wells to date.

“Unlike the water-testing program, however, the county wants to make the explosive gas monitors available to any Weld County resident, regardless if they reside in the unincorporated areas of the county or in the municipalities,” said Cozad.

Funding for the monitors, which detect carbon monoxide, propane and methane, comes from the county’s general fund. To date, the county has spent $1,900.50 to purchase monitors for this program.

“The county will have monitors on-hand and available for residents to pick up from our Planning Department located at 1555 N. 17th Avenue,” said Planning Director Tom Parko. “Walk-ins are welcome, but we recommend calling ahead to schedule a time with our Oil and Gas Liaison to discuss any specific concerns residents may have related to oil and gas operations.” To make an appointment, residents can call Troy Swain, Weld County Oil and Gas Liaison, at 970-400-3548.

To obtain a monitor, residents will need to bring proof of Weld County residency such as a utility bill, driver’s license or property tax statement. There is a limit of one monitor per household.

“At the end of the day, we want residents to feel safe in their homes,” said Commissioner Mike Freeman. “If this program helps with that, than we are happy to provide it.”