Tag: Black Elk Energy

Drillers: BP can’t escape liabilities by blaming feds for moratorium

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.  More »

Black Elk Energy still feeling financial effects of blast

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.  More »

OceanGate uses manned submersible to observe Rigs to Reefs (photos)

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.  More »

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

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.”  More »

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

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.  More »

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

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.  More »

Black Elk-funded investigation blames contractors for fatal platform explosion

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.  More »

Black Elk Energy: Fatal fire hit finances, production

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.  More »

Black Elk Energy contractor tied to human trafficking

The government has now granted some of the workers amnesty and designated them as victims of human trafficking.  More »

Steffy: CEO vows Black Elk vindication

Facing mounting legal actions, the founder of embattled Black Elk Energy said the results of a government investigation in the coming months will clear the company’s name and beat back criticism about its operations.  More »

Black Elk turns over safety audit plan to regulators

Black Elk Energy has turned over documents to federal regulators and investigators probing last month’s fatal blaze at one of the firm’s offshore production platforms. The contractor that was working at the site has rebuffed similar requests for information.  More »

Feds advance plan stressing ‘safety culture’ values offshore

Federal offshore drilling regulators on Wednesday advanced a policy statement meant to prod oil and gas companies to adopt a “safety culture” following lethal accidents in the Gulf of Mexico. The move comes as regulators draw scrutiny for not conducting audits of newly mandated safety programs and weeks after a fatal fire on a production platform 18 miles from Louisiana’s coast.  More »
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