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Brendan McCarthy / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Top lawmakers in Congress are asking questions about the Galliano-based oilfield contracting company whose workers were killed and injured in last month's platform fire.

Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee fired off a letter Monday to Grand Isle Shipyard, asking for a briefing by Thursday.

The letter asks for the company to provide them information on the explosion and the work being done on the platform. Lawmakers also want to know more about the company's track record on safety issues.

The Congressional committees have sought a briefing from the owner of the oil platform, Black Elk Energy of Houston.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

Late last month, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement sent a letter to Black Elk Energy of Houston and its CEO and president John Hoffman, telling him that his company has until Dec. 15 to come up with a plan to improve safety operations.

Click here to see the letter.

Three Filipino guest workers, contracted through a recruitment company and working for Grand Isle Shipyard, were killed in the fire. Three other guest workers remain hospitalized.

Grand Isle is under scrutiny over its use of Filipino guest workers, several of which have filed a class action lawsuit alleging various civil rights abuses and violations.

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