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In February of 2018, it was announced by the federal government, that the Houston based energy company known as Talos Energy was being investigated due to the death of an oil and gas worker on one of its Gulf of Mexico platforms. The employee was said to have died when he was moving fire suppression equipment that was out-of-service while on the platform. The Interior Department Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement did state that there was no fire involved in the accident that caused the fatality, nor was there any emission release that could cause damage to the environment as a result of the accident.
The accident was said to have only involved one worker and that no other workers were injured or killed. So far it has only been reported that the worker was seriously injured and later died from the injuries sustained on the platform. It occurred on a platform that was approximately 65 miles south of the Texas-Louisiana border in the Gulf of Mexico.
Talos released a statement in February that stated, “This is a tragic event and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and co-workers of our colleague.” Unfortunately for Talos, this incident occurred was the company was going public as becoming one of the fastest growing energy companies in the Gulf of Mexico field of energy companies. Talos became a game changing company in the energy field in the summer of 2017 when they won some offshore bids in Mexico’s energy reform process once foreign investors were allowed to bid. They were the first foreign energy company to win such bids as Mexico’s energy reforms are beginning to take place and deregulation is occurring. In 2016, Talos was fined $4 million for the violation of federal environmental laws and safety regulations.