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Black Elk Energy's sign is seen on the front of its office in the 11400 block of Katy Freeway. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Black Elk execs depart, start new firm

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The man who founded and led Black Elk Energy, a Houston firm battered by a fatal 2012 explosion at one of its Gulf of Mexico production platforms, left the company a few weeks ago to try his hand at pumping oil on dry land.
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Feds: BP can’t dismiss lawsuits by blaming drilling moratorium

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The Justice Department has joined a fight against BP’s efforts at dismissing lawsuits by deep-water drillers and oil-field service firms alleging damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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Drillers: BP can’t escape liabilities by blaming feds for moratorium

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Plaintiffs’ attorneys say BP can’t dismiss lawsuits from drillers and oil-field service companies by arguing it was the federal government’s fault they lost money during the Gulf of Mexico drilling moratorium in 2010.
A column of smoke comes off the West Delta 32 complex in the Gulf of Mexico after an explosion on a Black Elk platform on Nov. 16, 2012. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

Black Elk Energy still feeling financial effects of blast

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Black Elk Energy told investors on Wednesday that it is still dealing with financial damage from the fatal explosion at one of its Gulf of Mexico production platforms last year, even as the Houston-based company faces fines and a potential criminal investigation from the incident.
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OceanGate uses manned submersible to observe Rigs to Reefs (photos)

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OceanGate, a Seattle-based provider of deep-water submersible vessels, has released a new crop of underwater images from the federal Rigs to Reefs program, showing sea creatures swimming among the steel legs of an old Black Elk Energy platform.
A column of smoke comes off the West Delta 32 complex in the Gulf of Mexico after an explosion on a Black Elk platform on Nov. 16, 2012. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

Feds: Safety culture ‘poor, at best’ before fatal Black Elk platform blast

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In their report on the fatal explosion of a Black Elk platform last year, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the Coast Guard said that workers who were “worried about losing their jobs if they raised safety concerns” did not call a halt to work “despite apparent anomalies.”
Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

Feds won’t lift threat to ban Black Elk Energy as violations persist

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Black Elk Energy has more work to do to satisfy federal regulators it has improved its safety performance, following a fatal platform fire last year. Otherwise, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the company will remain under a year-old threat that it will be barred from operating in federal waters.
Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

Embassy of the Philippines vows to protect claims of workers hurt in Gulf blast

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Officials from the Philippines vowed to protect the rights and claims of workers from the country who were injured and killed in last year’s fatal Gulf platform blast.
Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

Black Elk-funded investigation blames contractors for fatal platform explosion

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The fatal explosion of a Gulf of Mexico production platform last November was sparked by contractors conducting maintenance work at the site, according to an investigation commissioned by the Houston-based company that owned the facility.
Black Elk Energy's sign is seen on the front of its office in the 11400 block of Katy Freeway. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Black Elk Energy: Fatal fire hit finances, production

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Houston-based Black Elk Energy said Thursday it was still dealing with economic fallout from last year’s fatal explosion at one of its Gulf of Mexico production platforms, even as federal investigators continue to probe the company’s overall safety.