January 2022, Vol. 249, No. 1

Editor's Notebook

Necessity Meets Innovation

By Michael Reed, Editor-in-Chief Strange as it may seem, there has been a  major oil leak in progress off the coast of Louisiana for 17 years now, and I’d be willing to bet most people, maybe even those in the industry, don’t know about it.  I certainly was not aware of its status (at least the “in progress” part of it), until a friend sent me the link to a recent 60 Minutes broadcast.  Back in 2004, you may recall, Hurricane Ivan sheared the legs from an eight-pile Taylor Energy oil platform, 11 miles from the land, resulting in an underwater mudslide that damaged the structure’s connections to as many as 28 oil wells about 500 feet beneath the surface of the wa

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