Natural Gas Fueling the future

There continues to be much discussion about natural gas for a variety of reasons, not just the large reserves made possible because of Shale gas deposit development, but also because the associated economic repercussions to industry and manufacturing around the world.

BP Agrees to Pay $4.5 Billion to Resolve Criminal Claims on Deepwater Horizon

You may have seen this elsewhere, but just in case, BP today announced Nov. 15 that it’s “agreed with the United States government, subject to court approval, to resolve all federal criminal charges and all claims by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against the company stemming from the Deepwater...

Lock the Barn Door

Lately I've spent a lot of time thinking (and writing) about mobile workers. For the record, that's getting to be some of us all the time and all of us some of the time. (See Control's April cover story on this subject)  The efficiency and simple convenience of having access...

BP says good-by to Texas City

Thanks to my Twitter buddy, Mike Boudreaux, we have the following news via the Houston Chronicle and AP:

The New York Times Explains BlowOut Preventers

The New York Times has published a very good technical article on Blow Out Preventers, and the BOP on the Deepwater Horizon. Thanks to Angela Summers, of Sis-Tech, for sending this to the ISA84 mailing list.

Take the Rest of the Day Off

I really am sticking to my policy of not playing the shoulda, woulda, coulda game over the Situation in the Gulf. Believe me, if I had anything close to a workable solution that would stop the flow in the next half hour, I'd share it.

Maybe the Gulf of Mexico Needs a Little Help from Its Friends

My dad always said that if you couldn't help solve a problem, the least you could do was get out of the way of the people who were working on it. That's why I have deliberately not given voice to my feelings, opinions, off-the-cuff comments and snotty remarks about The...

Chance meetings at airports-- Soaking up that oil with Scott Smith's Opflex plastic foam

I was sitting having dinner at Pappas Burgers in the Houston Hobby airport last night when a guy came and sat in the table next to me. We shared computer cable outlets, and struck up a conversation. I told him what I did, and asked him.

Liptak on the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Got the following short email from our columnist and process control guru, Bela Liptak this morning. If you read our pages regularly, you know that Bela has some pretty definite opinions on the way things ought to be in process manufacturing.

Corporate Responsibility-- the tale of BP #pauto #bp

In Monday's NPR interview, BP CEO and Chairman Tony Hayward did what a responsible corporate citizen should do. He stepped up.