What a tough month for the environment. I mean it is getting to the point that I may not survive. I mean originally I was thinking that environmental problems would effect my brothers and sisters grandchildren. Then I thought maybe the kids themselves. But the way things are going what about me?
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owner of a natural gas drilling rig aflame off of Louisiana’s coast said preparations were under way for the possible drilling of a relief well to divert gas from the site and bring the well under control.
Adam Bourgoyne, a former dean of Louisiana State University’s petroleum engineering department, said such an effort is a complicated task that could take weeks to complete.
The relief well team has to figure out questions such as where to intercept the well bore and what tools will be needed. The surface team has to figure out whether it’s safe to get onto the platform, how much debris there is and how it can be removed, he said.
“Sometimes, if the well control blowout preventers are intact, they might be able to get on-site and put down enough water and so forth,” said Bourgoyne, now a consultant.
More steam rising from Fukushima reactor
Camera feed shows more steam escaping from Japanese nuclear plant but officials say levels of radioactivity unchanged.
The operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan said that steam had been spotted at the battered reactor for the second time in days and disappeared in hours.
Steam was seen around the fifth floor of the building housing Reactor No 3 Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said on Tuesday.
The steam has raised concerns about the damaged reactor, but TEPCO said no significant changes occurred, including in the levels of potentially cancer-causing radioactivity the broken reactor is releasing.
Steam was spotted in the same area on Thursday last week but had disappeared by the next day without any cause known. TEPCO said it was looking at the possibility that accumulated rainwater had been the source
Quebec Train Crash: Employee Failed To Properly Set Brakes, Railway CEO Says
By DAVID CRARY 07/10/13
LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec — Canadian officials are now telling the families of the 30 people missing in a runaway oil train crash over the weekend that all are presumed dead.
With 20 bodies found, that would put the death toll from Saturday’s derailment and explosions at 50.
The head of the U.S. railway company whose oil train crashed into the Quebec town has blamed the engineer for failing to set the brakes properly. A fire on the train just hours before the crash is also being investigated.
Parts of the devastated town had been too hot and dangerous to enter and find bodies even days after the disaster. Some 60 had been presumed missing earlier.
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