- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Latest on a complex federal civil trial arising from an offshore oil platform explosion that killed three people in 2012 (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

Jury selection has begun in New Orleans for what is expected to be a lengthy and complex civil trial arising from a deadly explosion and fire on an oil platform off Louisiana’s coast.

The trial that opened Monday combines nine lawsuits involving the platform’s owner, Black Elk Energy, relatives of three workers killed in the accident, injured workers and companies that were working for Black Elk. About 70 prospective jurors were ushered into the courtroom for questioning.

The platform was about 17 miles from Grand Isle, Louisiana, in about 50 feet of water.



The three-phase trial is expected to last about four weeks. The first phase is to deal with legal Black Elk’s legal relationship with companies working on the platform.

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7 a.m.

A trial is set to open in New Orleans dealing with deaths, injuries and damages from an explosion and fire on an oil platform off Louisiana’s coast.

The civil trial opening Monday arises from the November 2012 explosion aboard the platform owned by Black Elk Energy. Three workers died in the disaster.

The platform was about 17 miles from Grand Isle, Louisiana, in about 50 feet of water. Maintenance work was being done on it and it wasn’t producing when the blast occurred.

The case combines nine lawsuits. Relatives of the dead, injured workers and companies doing contract work on the platform are involved. The trial will take place in multiple phases, the first dealing with Black Elk’s legal relationship with contractors.

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