Oil platform operator Black Elk Energy is facing federal criminal charges in connection with a November 2012 explosion in the Gulf that left three workers dead and others severely injured. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite Jr. of the Eastern District in Louisiana filed a six-count criminal complaint against Houston-based Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations last week. The complaint indicates that Black Elk and its contractors failed to comply with federal safety regulations on the platform, located about 20 miles south of Grand Isle. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement issued a report in November 2013 which found that storage tanks were not properly purged of flammable liquid before the crew began welding nearby.
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