Rice experts available to discuss oil spill BPs fix efforts policy repercussions

first_imgShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 713-348-6327E-MAIL: [email protected] experts available to discuss oil spill: BP’s fix efforts, policy repercussions, economic impact and cleanup effortsRice University has faculty and staff experts available to comment on the massive oil spill dumping 210,000 gallons of crude per day into in the Gulf of Mexico and BP’s efforts to fix the blowout. “BP now has a problem with natural gas hydrates preventing them from containing the leak,” Rice’s Walter Chapman said. “In the oil industry, this problem is called flow assurance.”Chapman, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is available to discuss natural gas hydrates and flow assurance. “There’s discussion now that gas hydrates below the seafloor might be responsible for the original blowout of the well,” he said. He can also discuss the burn method of removing oil from the gulf waters.Satish Nagarajaiah, professor in civil and environmental engineering, can discuss the complications of capping the oil well and what factors could have contributed to the failure of a four-story dome over the weekend. He can also discuss what went wrong with the rig’s blowout preventer, the device on the ocean floor that connects the riser to the well far below the ocean floor into the oil reservoir. Amy Myers Jaffe, senior fellow of energy studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of Rice’s energy program, can talk about the policy repercussions surrounding the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Ken Medlock, a fellow in energy and resource economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and adjunct assistant professor of economics, is available to discuss how BP is handling the situation and the possible political and economic implications of the spill.Pedro Alvarez, chair of civil and environmental engineering, can discuss the environmental impact and the cleanup of the oil spill, including the bioremedial approaches being used to break down the oil. He said bacteria — aided by nutrients like phosphorus, nitrogen and iron, and detergent-like chemicals that enhance contact between bacteria and oil — can be used to help break down the oil. John Anderson, professor of Earth science and oceanography, can discuss how the oceanographic conditions — such as currents and weather — in the Gulf of Mexico could impact cleanup efforts and how, if conditions change, the oil spill could impact Texas. To schedule an interview with Chapman, Nagarajaiah, Jaffe, Medlock, Alvarez or Anderson, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations, at 713-348-6327 or [email protected] AddThislast_img

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