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Hercules Drill Rig Engulfed in Flames – Now What?

UPDATED 7/24/2013 3:10pm EDT with new photo, info on drilling permit. At about 11pm Central time last night, the Hercules 265 jackup drill rig in the Gulf ignited.  It’s now engulfed in flames.  Options for controlling the gas blowout are now a lot more limited, since the rig can’t be occupied by well-control specialists.  Eventually […]


Bad News for Pollution Monitoring – US Needs a Radar Satellite, Stat!

It appears that we’ve lost one of the most important tools in the field of Earth observation:  on April 8, the Envisat satellite stopped communicating with its handlers at the European Space Agency.  While this is not happy news, the satellite was a real workhorse well beyond its expected lifespan and was an outstanding success […]