14 July 2010

Wednesday Movie - Oil disasters

Oil disasters like the on going BP shambles in the Gulf of Mexico are nothing new. Pushing the limits of technology will occasionally lead to tragedy, especially if people are keen to cut corners and save money.

This weeks Wednesday Movie is one of the more strange oil industry accidents. The movie tells the story of a Texaco well that was drilled off a barge in a swamp in Louisiana and hit a working salt mine. First there is a rumble, then the entire lake drains down the borehole into the cavern, followed by the drill barge and several other boats.

Amazingly no-one died!

The short version is here and a longer version is here.

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