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MICHAEL DeMOCKER / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Fireboats try to extinguish the blaze on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig south of Venice after an explosion left at least 15 workers injured and 11 missing on Wednesday, April 21, 2010.

Mellowcat has become a huge fan of The Oil Drum in recent weeks.  It’s one of very few blogs where the comment thread is worth reading.  The articles are always informative, and those are supplemented by comments from people with oil patch, petroleum engineering and environmental science backgrounds.  You do get a few wild comments at times, but they don’t overwhelm the discussion as you normally see happen right away in political blogs.  The politics of the Gulf Oil Spill are mostly absent here.  Last night there was a lot of back and forth speculation about the delay in the integrity test.  The installation of the new cap went so smoothly on Monday, it seemed there was some momentum to continue and try shutting off the “wild well” right away.  But then cooler heads prevailed, and possibly something alarming came out of the seismic test run earlier on Tuesday, and everything came to a halt.  Here’s a sample of some of the more casual commentary on The Drum:

as my football coach used to say, sooner or later your gonna have to throw the ball.

This opinion was quickly tempered by another commenter, who said:

ray: Or as my old football coach used to say: “Better to eat the ball than throw that interception.” (cf. Peyton Manning, Super Bowl XLIV; Brett Favre, Minnesota v. New Orleans; Brett Favre, Green Bay v. New York Giants)

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