An early-August accident at a newly dug oil well in Assumption Parish, Louisiana, ended when sand buried the structure. Millions of dollars in damages are being tallied, and two class-action suits have been filed.
Fracking. It's a word you probably hadn't heard a year ago. This week the EPA had to postpone a hearing on the subject because of concerns the venue might not be able to accommodate the 8,000 citizens expected to show.
Switching to natural gas is no more attractive an alternative for most American motorists right now than switching to corn-based ethanol or electric power. And until it is, expect natural gas and oil prices to stay disconnected.
India graciously hosted the Burmese Dictator Than Shwe this week, raising the question as to why the world's largest democracy would welcome one of the world's worst dictators, a man associated with crimes against humanity.