US Cites Black Elk, Contractors Over Deadly Oil Rig Blast

Law360, New York (November 14, 2013, 6:00 PM EST) -- U.S. offshore drilling regulators on Wednesday hit Houston-based Black Elk Energy LLC and its contractors with a slew of violations for safety lapses stemming from a Black Elk oil rig explosion last year that killed three workers and spilled oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Less than two weeks after releasing the results of an investigation that faulted the companies for failing to maintain proper safety protocols ahead of the November 2012 blast, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement handed out a total of 41...
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