Energy and Commerce and Natural Resources Committee Democrats Request Briefing on Grand Isle Shipyard Involvement in Gulf Oil Spill
WASHINGTON, DC— Today Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Ed Markey, Bobby L. Rush, Diana DeGette, and Rush D. Holt, the leading Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee, sent a letter to Grand Isle Shipyard Owner Mark Tregeant to request a briefing regarding Grand Isle Shipyard’s involvement in the recent deadly explosion on a Black Elk Energy oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Reports indicate that the explosion may have involved maintenance welding work by Grand Isle Shipyard, which has a history of accidents.
The members are seeking more information about the company’s role in the Black Elk rig explosion, as well as further information on Grand Isle Shipyard’s history of accidents and enforcement actions against them. The members have also requested a briefing from Black Elk Energy to better understand how and why this incident occurred.
The full text of the letter is available online here.