BP probes blast at Colorado gas compressor plant

By Ben DuBose
Online Editor

A contract worker was killed and two others injured after an explosion on Monday at BP's gas compressor station in Durango, Colorado.

"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 gas.

BP said it continues to investigate the cause of the explosion.

"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 treatment."

BP said impacts from the explosion were still being assessed, and it remains unclear how long the facility will be offline.

The La Plata County Sheriff's Office said it was not a flammable explosion, but one involving a pressurized device.

"There was pressure being put into a device, and that device failed," the office said.

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