Black Elk could change plea

Houston-based Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations could be set to change its plea in the federal trial surrounding the November 16th, 2012 explosion on the WD 32 E Gulf of Mexico oil platform in 2012, in which three people died and many were injured, reports Associated Press. The explosion occurred when a welding operation caused oil vapours to ignite, resulting in three oil tanks exploding.

Black Elk had originally pleaded not guilty to three counts of involuntary manslaughter, along with various other charges relating to safety and environmental violations. Now a change-of-plea hearing has been set for April 26th.