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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Houston’s Black Elk Energy had history of violations before fatal fire

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Before last week’s fatal fire at one of Black Elk Energy’s oil production platforms, the five-year-old firm had racked up more than 300 documented mistakes and violations offshore, according to federal regulators who cracked down on the Houston-based company Wednesday.