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Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

Houston’s Black Elk Energy facing criminal charges for fatal Gulf explosion

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Houston-based Black Elk Energy faces six criminal counts for a blast at a Gulf of Mexico production platform that killed three workers and injured others.
Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

Feds cite Houston firm, contractors in fatal Gulf blast

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A federal agency alleges that safety deficiencies by a Houston company and its contractors led to the deaths of three oil platform workers in an explosion last year.
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)

Dangers face immigrant, contractor workforce in Gulf

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Four Filipino workers have died in the past year during welding and other physical work on shallow Gulf facilities, prompting concern from Manila to Washington, D.C.
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.
A WWL-TV investigation into the Grand Isle Shipyard's use of Filipino workers. (WWL-TV)

Black Elk Energy contractor tied to human trafficking

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The government has now granted some of the workers amnesty and designated them as victims of human trafficking.
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Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

Black Elk turns over safety audit plan to regulators

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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.
Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

Black Elk launches probe of fatal platform fire

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Black Elk Energy is conducting an internal investigation into what caused an explosion on one of its Gulf of Mexico oil platforms last month, killing three workers and injuring others.
Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

Democrats press Grand Isle Shipyards for info on fatal production platform fire

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Leading House Democrats are broadening their probe into what caused a fatal offshore production platform fire by scrutinizing the contractor working on the facility when it ignited last month.