BP’s well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico exposed multiple weaknesses in our preparations for a major disaster and our regulation of the companies drilling in deep waters. We will speak with Tad Patzek, Professor and Chair, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, and Dave Valentine, professor of Geology at UC Santa Barbara. They will discuss the cleanup, the ecological damage it has caused, and how effective the proposed changes to rules and regulations will be in preventing future disasters.
Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, and Tad Patzek, Professor and Chair of the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas Austin, discuss the technical background of the BP oil spill: what lead to the blowout, and how that well compares to the many others in the Gulf of Mexico. We’ll also look at ways the accident could have been avoided and possibilities why the blow out has been so hard to stop.