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Gulf of Mexico Rig Explosions Expose Poor Safety Record in the Oil Industry

In 2012, a deadly Gulf of Mexico rig explosion took the lives of three workers and injured many others. Now the case involving the deadly explosion is headed to trial, where a U.S. District Judge could possibly charge Black Elk Energy and Grand Isle Shipyards officials with manslaughter. Another deadly rig explosion, one we here in Louisiana know all about, is the Deepwater Horizon incident. In 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers and leaked 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Both of these explosions were preventable accidents that show a disregard for safety in the oil industry. This is not our opinion, but the conclusion of government-led inquiries. In 2011, a White House commission reported that BP failed to act on a faulty pressure reading test that would have alerted company officials to dangerous rig conditions. The Deepwater Horizon Study Group…
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