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Achenblog: July 18, 2010 - July 24, 2010

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Check this out. I had almost nothing to do with it other than suggesting the name. And even the name isn't really mine: Mary Hadar gave that name to a column I wrote back in the mid-1990s (I had...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 23, 2010; 8:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (264)
 
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The ROV operators

Yesterday I visited the Ocean Intervention III in dock at Port Fourchon. It was a blazing day, and Port Fourchon is a place without trees or plants or even, as far as I could tell, dirt. There's just gravel...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 23, 2010; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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News from the gibberish beat

I've spent much of my journalism career befuddled by what people are saying. That's an occupational hazard of science writing in particular, because the scientists usually speak in a special tongue not easily translated into the Vulgate (much less into...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 21, 2010; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (286)
 
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BP oil spill disaster: What went wrong?

I'm at the Kenner hearing. The Kenner hearing is a joint investigation of the Coast Guard and the Agency Formerly Known As the MMS. We're in a conference room in an unprepossessing Radisson hotel by the freeway near the airport....

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 20, 2010; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (208)
 
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Will feds pull plug on BP gulf well?

At this point, I'm pretty conversant about blowout preventers, integrity tests, choke lines, kill lines, ROVs, hydrostatic heads, etc., but mostly what strikes me about this BP oil well disaster is how much I don't know. I don't know,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 19, 2010; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (180)
Tags: gulf oil spill; bp oil spill; blowout preventers; spill cam; oil spill flow rate; capping stack;  
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