Probation for pollution crime connected to deadly Gulf blast

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVLA) – (5/17/19) 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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