It was a sight I’d never expected, and one I didn’t figure on seeing again — until late last year, when stories of flaming, even exploding trains seemed to suddenly fill the news. What changed to make such a seemingly safe transportation method so dramatically hazardous?
Glimpsing the sea floor is a rare privilege. Human eyes have touched only 5 percent of it; we know less about the planet’s deepest reaches than we do about the surface of the moon. On every submersible dive, a new species is discovered.
When I was little, I really wanted to go to Prudhoe Bay, on Alaska’s northern shoreline. Not because I wanted to see pristine coastline or frolicking wildlife, but because I wanted to see the place that could destroy all that.
Horne spoke in Hewlett Auditorium as the first lecturer in a two-part series entitled, “The Deepwater Horizon Disaster and the Future of Oil Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.” The series aims to answer three fundamental questions about the catastrophe: how did it happen, why are we drilling in the Gulf of Mexico at all and what are some of the long-term consequences of the spill?