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November 17, 2012

2 missing, 4 badly burned in Gulf oil platform fire

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“This is yet another reminder that our work on oil drilling safety is not complete,” said U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee.

Black Elk is an independent oil and gas company headquartered in Houston, Texas. The company’s website says it holds interests in properties in Texas and Louisiana waters, including 854 wells on 155 platforms.

The company said on its website that “our thoughts and prayers are with those who are impacted.” The company said it was still collecting information and would issue a statement later.

The spill from BP’s Macondo well, about 50 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River on the east side of the river delta, dumped millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf. It fouled beaches, marshes and rich seafood grounds.

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