Probation for pollution crime connected to deadly Gulf blast

4 years 11 months 5 days ago Wednesday, May 15 2019 May 15, 2019 May 15, 2019 4:17 PM May 15, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A contract worker has been sentenced to a year of probation for a Clean Water Act violation connected to a deadly 2012 oil platform explosion off Louisiana's coast.

Don Moss, of Groves, Texas, was sentenced in federal court Wednesday. He had pleaded guilty last year.

Prosecutors said in court documents that Moss was among personnel who failed to ensure conditions were safe for welding on the platform owned by Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations.

A worker welding a pipe on Nov. 16, 2012, ignited oil vapors. A resulting explosion and fire killed three workers and led to a discharge of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Houston-based Black Elk was sentenced to pay a $4.2 million fine after pleading guilty in 2017 to violating federal safety and pollution laws.

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