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Francis Spagnoletti

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

Steffy: CEO vows Black Elk vindication

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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.
Unidentified oil workers, wearing orange and red jump suits, sit inside a helicopter after being rescued by the Navy, 50 miles (80 kilometers) off the coast of the Gulf state of Campeche, by the ship Bourbon Artavaze and taken by helicopter to Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico. (AP Photo/SEMAR)

Rescued oil workers file lawsuits

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The workers claim they were abandoned by a ship that could have taken them to safety. The workers’ attorney, Francis Spagnoletti, said Friday the three men as well as their co-workers suffered a harrowing ordeal that could have been prevented.