BP says Colorado gas explosion occurred during line inspection

BP was running a pigging device through a pipeline that feeds natural gas into the Pinion compressor station in Durango, Colorado, when an explosion occurred Monday, killing one contract worker and injuring two others, Brett Clanton, a company spokesman, said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

The pigging device was being used to perform in-line inspection, he said.

The explosion occurred about 8:15 a.m. local time while workers were performing pipeline maintenance, the company said Monday.

BP is Colorado’s largest natural-gas producer and the Pinion station gathers about 30 million cubic feet of gas a day from BP’s wells in the San Juan Basin and prepares it to be sold on the market or stored, the company also said.