Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations, LLC
Current Parent Company: 
Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC
Penalty: 
$70,000
Year: 
2014
Date: 
April 9, 2014
Primary Offense: 
environmental violation
Secondary Offense: 
offshore drilling violation
Violation Description: 

During an onsite BSEE investigation, there was a pollution incident that involved a gasket failure on the departing pipeline riser resulting in the release of liquid hydrocarbons into Gulf of Mexico waters. Also, the facility had been shut-in prior to Black Elk receiving a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) notification letter from the BSEE Regional Director which states in part: 1) Keep all facilities that currently are in a shut-in status in such status until it provides BSEE with documentation of the corrective actions taken to safely return each facility into operational status to BSEE's satisfaction. 2) Notify the appropriate District Office at least 48 hours prior to returning these facilities to production to allow for the proper BSEE inspection. Black Elk failed to conduct operations in accordance with lease stipulations as noted in excerpts number 1&2 above from the November 21, 2012 PIP notification letter. February 1, 2013 (2 violations)

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
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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