Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Wrestling With All That Mud

It's widely reported that a milestone of sorts has been reached in Java as it marks the one year anniversary of the birth of a mud well of sorts spun completely out of control. At this report the mud well/volcano has been spewing splooge for a year and no end is in sight.
"B-b-but Sparky! I thought this was an agricultural law blog!" Yes, I know, I know, but this is interesting.
It seems that this was no natural phenomenon. A year ago an exploratory well being drilled blew out and that's when things really started going to hell in a wheelbarrow. The well continues to produce millions of barrels of boiling hot mud each day that has covered major roads, caused better than 40,000 people to lose their homes and has buried factories, railways and infrastructure.
Nobody seems to have a clue as to how to remediate the situation. Dumping the stuff in a local river clogged that up pretty much, droppong concrete balls down the borehole didn't help, and now it's supposed that a giant dam can be built around the mud spewing crater.
There's a bright spot in all this. There isn't a dime of American money involved.
photo credits to Al Jazeera.


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