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.


Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now


The Time is Right for Optimum Reliability: Capital-Intensive Industries and Asset Performance Management

Imagine a plant that is no longer at risk of a random shutdown. Imagine not worrying about losing...

Going Digital: The New Normal in Oil & Gas

In this whitepaper you will learn how Keystone Engineering, ONGC, and Saipem are using software t...

Maximizing Operational Excellence

In a recent survey conducted by PennEnergy Research, 70% of surveyed energy industry professional...

Leveraging the Power of Information in the Energy Industry

Information Governance is about more than compliance. It’s about using your information to drive ...