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BP gas compressor station explosion in Colorado kills one

26 June 2012

BP said a contractor was killed and two others injured after an explosion at a gas compressor station in Durango, Colorado. A crew was performing pipeline maintenance work on June 25 when the explosion occurred at the Pinon Compression Station near Bayfield.

The Colorado explosion killed one and injured two contractors
The Colorado explosion killed one and injured two contractors

La Plata County Sheriff’s spokesman Dan Bender, quoted in the local press, said it was not a flammable explosion; rather, one involving a pressurized device. “There was pressure being put into a device, and that device failed,” he said.

"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 on site at the time of the explosion.

The Pinon Compression Station is a gathering location for natural gas produced in BP’s San Juan basin and handles about 30 million cubic feet of gas per day.

The company said impacts were still being assessed and therewas as yet no news on how long the facility would be offline.

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