Speaker: Dr. Steven Murawski, University of South Florida
Date: Friday, March 13, 2020
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Dalton J. Woods Auditorium; LSU Energy, Coast & Environment Building
Lunch served for attendees.
It has been nearly a decade since the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) tragedy that killed 11 people and resulted in millions of gallons of crude oil polluting ecosystems of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Out of that tragedy, over $1 billion in new research monies have been committed to discovering the antecedents to processes witnessed during the spill and documenting its short- and long-term impacts. Because of the unique circumstances of DWH (mile deep, largest accidental blowout in global history) the spill presented an unprecedented opportunity to contextualize the effects of the spill with other drivers of ecosystem change. In this talk, Murawski will detail some of the “unexpected” effects documented from that spill relative to key questions of interest to the public, regulators and scientists. Simple questions asked during the spill were unanswerable at the time. These included “Where is the oil (then and now)? Is the seafood safe to eat? Are oil + dispersants more toxic than crude oil alone? Will impacted resources recover, and if so, over what time period?” In the intervening years, new questions have arisen including “Is SSDI an effective oil spill countermeasure? What will the impact of large-scale water diversions into the marshes be (both then and now)? What new policies for the regulation of the deep water oil industry are required to reduce the risk of future deep water blowouts and improve oil spill response?”
Friday, March 13 at 11:30am to 12:30pm