BP and Halliburton fined in explosion near Durango

DENVER BP and Halliburton have been fined for the fatal explosion at a natural-gas compression station in southwestern Colorado.

One person was killed in the June 25, 2012, explosion 15 miles east of Durango. Halliburton and other contractors were doing maintenance work on the BP pipeline at the time.

Colorado Public Radio reported Thursday that federal regulators found that a valve on the pipeline was left closed. That caused pressure to build up quickly, rupturing the pipeline.

An Occupational Safety and Health Administration citation obtained by the network faults BP and the contractors for not having safety procedures in place before the work began.

BP, Halliburton and the other contractors were each fined $7,000, the maximum allowed under the law.