Blast at Wyo. oil production site kills 3 workers

By BEN NEARY | August 29, 2011 | 10:10 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — An oil company spokesman says an explosion at a Wyoming oil storage site has killed three workers.

Samson Resources Company spokesman Dennis Neill says the blast occurred at about 10 a.m. Monday in Converse County in eastern Wyoming. He says a subsequent fire burned about 10 acres before it was brought under control.

Neill says the explosion happened as the workers were laying a fuel line that was intended to supply a heater treatment facility that separates oil from water as they're pumped out of the ground.

Neill says the workers were with a contractor that the Tulsa, Okla.-based Samson had hired to bring an oil well back into production at the site. The well wasn't involved in the explosion and subsequent fire.