Black Elk files Chapter 7 bankruptcy as feds file criminal charges

As federal prosecutors filed criminal charges on Aug. 11 against Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC related to a 2012 rig explosion that left three workers dead, the company also filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, according to the Houston Business Journal.

The federal charges relate to six alleged violations of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and the Clean Water Act. The violations possibly contributed to the deadly rig explosion offshore Louisiana on Nov. 16, 2012.

HBJ noted that the charges have resulted from an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which culminated in 41 citations issued in November 2013 relating to the 2012 explosion.


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