A trial combining 10 lawsuits arising from a deadly explosion and fire on an offshore platform four year ago has ended with a settlement.
A number of charges filed against companies and employees following a 2012 oil platform have been thrown out.
Wood Group PSN (WGPSN) has been charged along with two other companies over an oil rig explosion in 2012.
In Texas, there’s an expression for action that comes too late: it’s like closing the barn door after the horses have run away. I found myself thinking of the term as I read the recent indictment of Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations. In this case, the barn is the Gulf of Mexico, where Black Elk operated for years despite regulators’ repeated warnings about safety violations by the company. The horses are Black Elk executives who left the company a year ago and sold off Black Elk’s shallow water operations long before the indictment came down. None of the executives were named in it. The indictment stems from a Nov. 16, 2013 explosion at a Black Elk rig in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Three workers died and several others were severely burned, including Renato Dominguez, a maintenance worker assigned to the rig.