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Chevron shuts in shallow facility after leak

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Chevron has shut in one of its platforms in the Gulf of Mexico after detecting a leak at the site.
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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.
James Watson, director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, speaks at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. (The Houston Chronicle)

Energy safety bureau inspectors interviewing witnesses on Black Elk platform

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Offshore oil and gas regulators are investigating what went wrong on board one of Black Elk Energy’s production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico when it exploded on Friday, seriously injuring four workers, killing another and leaving one more missing.