Xcel Lines Ruled Out as Source of a Higher Level of Methane in the Soil in Anthem Highlands

By Jean Lim

Anthem Highlands residents living near the plugged and abandoned Davis 43-6 well were told at the September 30 Community Meeting that the City and County of Broomfield would be continuing to investigate the cause of the elevated level of methane found in routine soil gas testing near the well. At the meeting, Public Utilities Commission Chief of Pipeline Safety Joe Molloy promised that Xcel line testing results would be back shortly.

Here is today’s CCOB announcement:
“On Oct. 4, 2019, Xcel Energy pressure tested its lines in the area of the Davis 43-6 plugged and abandoned well, in the area indicated in red on the map linked here. Broomfield has been notified by the Public Utilities Commission, Chief of Pipeline Safety, that all lines in this area passed the pressure test with 100 pounds per square inch readings. Please see the Public Notice for more information on the testing here. This completes Xcel’s testing. ERO, Broomfield’s soil gas testing contractor, has installed deep probes and testing will continue the week of Oct. 6, 2019.”