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Houston, TX - 18 June 2013 - Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations, LLC ("Black Elk Energy"), an independent oil and gas company headquartered in Houston, announced today the success of their conference on Operational Safety and Environmental Performance on the Gulf of Mexico ("GOM") Outer Continental Shelf ("OCS"). The conference was held on June 12th in Lafayette, Louisiana and was attended by approximately 175 Operators and Contractors working on the shelf.

Hosted by Black Elk Energy, the conference consisted of several group discussions led by:

  • John Hoffman, President & CEO, Black Elk Energy
  • Staci King, Chief SEMS Branch, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)
  • Dr. Jeff Ostmeyer, EHS Advisor, Center for Offshore Safety (COS)
  • Tad Leblanc, VP of HSE & Compliance, Black Elk Energy
  • Rick Baker, SEMS Manager, Black Elk Energy
  • Steve Arendt, VP of Process Industries, ABS Consulting

Following the group discussions, attendees divided to attend breakout sessions that focused on "Concepts for forming an OCS Executive Safety Council", "Contractors' challenges for complying with SEMs", "SEMS II: New obligations and challenges", and "How to improve safety culture and meeting BSEE's new Safety Culture Policy".

"I am extremely delighted with the turnout at the GOM Offshore Safety Conference", says John Hoffman, President and CEO of Black Elk Energy. "I want to thank everyone that came out and participated in this important meeting. I would also like to thank our group and breakout session leaders who were essential contributors to this event. We look forward to the next meeting which will be held in September to determine our path forward."

About Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations, LLC

Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations, LLC ( is an independent oil and gas company headquartered in Houston, Texas. The Company's seasoned industry executives have extensive exploitation experience and knowledge with a demonstrated track record of increasing reserves and production while lowering costs. Our team of professionals is dedicated to performing to the highest industry standards, operating within regulatory requirements, and maintaining its stance as a good corporate citizen.

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