Sometimes, important things happen in the world that get almost no notice. I was rummaging through some old email, including items from a mailing list that I have been subscribed to for years, when I ran across a story titled Poisonous mud wreaks havoc on Java. Apparently a gas exploration project has gone horribly wrong and resulted in the displacement of more than 8,000 people with a number of them reporting illness and injuries from exposure to toxic fumes that have been released.
This story is not actually “news” in that it is dated 13 July 2006 and talks about something that has been going on for six weeks at the time that the story appeared. However, it should cause a certain level of concern for those people that live and work in those areas where fossil fuel exploration is common. There are certainly still a lot of unknown hazards associated with the operation.