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$4.2M penalty in deadly 2012 fire on oil platform in Gulf


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An energy company pleaded guilty Friday to safety and environmental charges, agreeing to a $4.2 million penalty and avoiding manslaughter charges in connection with a 2012 offshore oil platform fire that killed three workers.

Court documents show Houston-based Black Elk Energy pleaded guilty to nine charges related to the Nov. 16, 2012, fire off Louisiana's coast. Prosecutors agreed to seek dismissal of three involuntary manslaughter counts.

The plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans says prosecutors believe it's appropriate because the company is in...

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