$4.2 million penalty approved in deadly 2012 platform fire
September 1, 2017
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An energy company has been formally sentenced to a $4.2 million penalty in connection with a 2012 offshore oil platform fire that killed three workers.
Houston-based Black Elk Energy agreed to the penalty in May and pleaded guilty to eight violations of federal laws governing safety and pollution.
Prosecutors agreed to dismiss three counts of involuntary manslaughter.
It's unclear how much of the penalty the government will collect. The Justice Department said the penalty, imposed Thursday, will be among claims against Black Elk by various creditors in bankruptcy procee...