Britain: Down to the Sea in Rigs

The drilling platform went into position more than two months ago, 70 miles off the coast of Britain in the bleak, inhospitable waters of the North Sea. Crammed into submarine-tight quarters at night, buffeted by wind and wave, 36 men worked in staggered shifts, 20 hours a day, seven days a week, to keep the drill boring slowly into the sea floor beneath. Last week the punishing grind paid off: the rig's owner, Continental Oil Co. of England (a subsidiary of the U.S.'s Conoco), struck a promising, 64-ft.-thick pocket of natural gas that is yielding 3,600,000 cu. ft. per...

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