Friday, September 17, 2010

On targeting the oil well

This story didn't make the front page of the New York Times today, unlike a freak storm, a 103-year-old judge, and a plan to give speaking roles to dancers. Still, it's worth noting: some two miles below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, BP's relief well has linked up with the rogue well that spilled a guesstimated 4 million gallons of oil over the summer. Over the next four days, enough cement will be poured into the hole to kill it for good. This is a truly remarkable feat. One wishes that it hadn't been necessary, but since it was, let us be glad we have engineers and roughnecks with the ability to pull it off. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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