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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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.