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Black Elk faces federal charges for deadly platform blast

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) -

Black Elk Energy faces federal criminal charges related to a deadly 2012 offshore explosion that killed three workers in the Gulf of Mexico.

Last week, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite Jr. of the Eastern District in Louisiana has filed a six-count criminal bill of information against the Houston-based company.

Federal prosecutors say Black Elk and its contractors failed to comply with federal safety regulations on the platform, which was located about 20 miles south of Grand Isle.

Among other things, a report by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement found storage tanks weren't properly purged of flammable liquid before a crew began welding nearby.

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