By Ben DuBose
A contract worker was killed and two others injured after an
explosion on Monday at BP's gas compressor station in
"The site has been safely shut down and secured, and
everyone has been accounted for," BP said in a statement.
"We are working closely with the local emergency crews that
responded to the incident."
Eleven workers were at the Pinon Compression Station at the
time of the explosion, most of whom were performing pipeline maintenance work.
The Pinon station gathers natural gas produced in the San
Juan basin and handles about 30 million cubic feet/day of
BP said it continues to investigate the cause of the
"It is too early to speculate on the cause of the accident,"
BP said. "We are deeply saddened that one individual was
fatally injured. Two others are receiving medical
BP said impacts from the explosion were still being
assessed, and it remains unclear how long the facility will be
The La Plata County Sheriff's Office said it was not a
flammable explosion, but one involving a pressurized
"There was pressure being put into a device, and that device
failed," the office said.