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Achenblog: July 11, 2010 - July 17, 2010

Earthquake!!!!!!!!!

A few minutes after 5 a.m. today I was awakened by a passing 18-wheeler with a rumbling engine so powerful it shook the house. No: a helicopter. Right overhead, the rotors causing the walls to vibrate loudly. Except there...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 16, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (496)
 
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Battle plans and contact with enemy

So they started the integrity test. No! Wait. They didn't start it. Never mind all those headlines saying they did. They didn't. Because the battle plan didn't survive contact with the enemy. The choke line leaked. This is a...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 15, 2010; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
 
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Where the oil is

Much-hyped (by me, among others) "integrity test" of the Macondo well has been delayed, pushing off what seemed to be a credible hope for shutting down the "nightmare well." Here's my story. Why'd they delay it? Don't know. They...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 14, 2010; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (166)
 
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Will they shut in the gulf oil well?

Kind of a big day in oil spill country. They could shut in the well. Looking at this feed from the Skandi ROV2, it looks to me as if they've yanked the perforated pipe from the top of the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 13, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (152)
 
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Parking in New York, and so on

You think parallel parking is hard? Try backing into one of these spaces! You have to really know how to work the accelerator, brakes and airfoil. You need the Big Air for those higher spots. Took me years to...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 12, 2010; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (207)
 
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