Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC
Current Parent Company: 
Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC
Penalty: 
$4,200,000
Year: 
2017
Date: 
August 31, 2017
Primary Offense: 
environmental violation
Violation Description: 

Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC was sentenced to pay a penalty of $4.2 million on eight felony violations of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and one misdemeanor count of violating the Clean Water Act. The charges stemmed from events causing an explosion in November 2012 on an offshore oil production platform that resulted in the deaths of three workers and injuries to several others. Because of the company's bankruptcy, the penalty was made into a general unsecured claim against the firm's estate entitled to a pro rata distribution from the trust with other allowed unsecured claims.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Environmental Protection Agency referral to the Justice Department
Civil or Criminal Case: 
criminal
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
Texas
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
privately held
Major Industry of Parent: 
oil and gas
Specific Industry of Parent: 
oil & gas
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Parent company note: 
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