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Manslaughter charges filed in deadly 2012 platform blast

11 months 1 week 14 hours ago November 19, 2015 Nov 19, 2015 Thursday, November 19 2015 November 19, 2015 12:51 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Kunzelman and Kevin McGill

NEW ORLEANS - Justice Department officials say in a statement that a grand jury has indicted two companies on involuntary manslaughter charges and three people with other criminal charges stemming from a deadly 2012 explosion and fire on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

A third company also faces criminal charges related to the explosion.

Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC and Grand Isle Shipyards Inc. were charged Thursday with three counts of involuntary manslaughter, as well as eight charges involving federal safety laws and one violation of the Clean Water Act.

Wood Group PSN Inc. and three workers are charged with violating federal law, including the Clean Water Act.

The 2012 blast off Louisiana's coast killed three workers and injured several others.

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