Uh Oh

by Jonah Goldberg

I hope this doesn’t deter further research into airborne-laser volcano-lancing:

JAKARTA, Indonesia —  A mud volcano that inundated dozens of villages was probably triggered by commercial gas drilling, research published in a respected scientific journal shows, contradicting an Indonesian government minister who insists it was a natural disaster.

It is “very likely” that the mud flow on the island of Java, which has spewed a million barrels of mud a day for eight months, is manmade, four researchers say in the February issue of the Geological Society of America’s GSA Today.

Welfare Minister Aburizal Bakrie — whose family controls the PT Lapindo Brantas drilling company at the center of the scandal — has repeatedly claimed the geyser was sparked by a May 27 earthquake and that his company bears no financial liability.


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