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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.
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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.
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Platform fire stokes fresh criticism of offshore oil development

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Coming just one day after a legal settlement in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Thursday’s platform fire off the Louisiana coast drew immediate criticism from oil industry foes, despite few similarities with the BP disaster.