Background of the BP Oil Spill

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

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.


Tad Patzek and Kieran Suckling

Comments [2]

Opal from Maanhattan

Isn't cement a porous substance and can crack when water is absorbed? Don't understand why it would be used under water.

Aug. 10 2010 12:37 PM
Beth from woodside

I am very surprised at the allegations being made by your guest regarding the impact of seismic reflection profiling on marine mammals. There is no evidence that seismic reflection profiling negatively impacts marine mammals EXCEPT for narrow channels and other regions which allow the sound waves to bounce back and forth. Furthermore, today's ships carry marine mammal observers that are not connected with the oil industry. No one wants to see marine mammals injured, and the industry has shifted to err on the side of caution. I have no doubt that it does impact them somewhat, but so does ship noise (and no one is suggesting they stop shipping HDTVs from Japan). Sonic pollution is a fact of life for all mammals. The industry is doing its best to restrict harmful practices (the navy is another story).
Mr. Suckling is being disingenuous in his portrayal of this part of the industry. It makes me wonder how much he twists his other "facts".

Aug. 10 2010 12:22 PM

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