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Duke professors to answer questions about oil spill

Posted June 16, 2010

 Duke University

Two Duke University professors will take questions Wednesday beginning at 2 p.m. about the political and environmental impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Larry Crowder, director of the Duke Center for Marine Conservation, and Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will take questions beginning at 2 p.m.

Duke webcast: Questions on the oil spill

To pose a question, in advance or during the session, send an email to live@duke.edu, tweet with the tag #dukelive or post to the Duke University Facebook page.


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  • montanamiles Jun 16, 2010

    My question for for Director Larry Crowder and Director Tim Profeta is as follows.

    Has a volumetric oil containment net been employed to capture the oil that is spewing from the well?

    What I am describing here is a fishing net with plastic sheathing adhered to it sides, an anchor system to the base of the net, and buoys connected to the top of the net.

    The nets would then reach from the surface to below the oil leak
    in an area down current from the spill. Deployed in circular fashion the nets would keep oil in away from the beaches.

    Marine life would not be able to enter the deployed nets due to the circle containment of the nets from ocean floor to ocean surface.

    Once the oil is contained within the nets oil eating microbes
    would then be introduced to eliminate the oil. The process would then be repeated letting oil back into the nets.

    Large nets from ocean going fishing vessels could be modified for this use. My question; is this technology being employed?

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  • Bendal1 Jun 16, 2010

    BP is drilling two relief wells that will stop the flow of oil out of this well, but they won't be completed until August, and they may have to make several attempts before they seal it completely.

    Until then, they are trying to collect as much of the oil as possible right at the well itself. They claim they're getting up to 20,000 barrels/day right now, and hope to triple that amount in July.

    But, until those relief wells are finished and shut the well off, we're going to keep seeing oil gushing into the Gulf and oil reaching the shore. Let's all hope for a mild hurricane season this year...

  • Vietnam Vet Jun 16, 2010

    Why are they still calling this debacle a SPILL? If this isn't successfully capped off or controlled the entire oil field will come out of that hole in the ocean floor. This for all intents and purposes is not a finite amount! This is an underwater gusher with no end in sight. SPILL...you gotta be kidding! What it sounds better??? This thing is making the Exxon Valdez spill look like a drop in the bucket...

  • 1carpe Jun 16, 2010

    I am sure the wisdom and solutions will spew forth like a broken oil well.

    Sorry, couldn't resist it.

  • fictionalkathrine Jun 16, 2010

    Well Dave, they will probably at least know how to spell 'petroleum' and 'deeper.'

    And they may have some pertinent things to say about what this is doing to the Gulf and the coastal environments, too. It would be nice to get info that's not being paid for by BP, since it seems like every search term connected to the spill now leads first to their company sponsored website.

  • colliedave Jun 16, 2010

    And what do these egg heads know about pertoleum engineering? Just more dung piled higher and deaper

  • freddyfrank81 Jun 16, 2010

    Director of the Duke Center for Marine Conservation and director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.... Maybe we should just listen to the 18 minutes of garbage from last night..... We will have the same outcome. More talk and no action....

  • fishon Jun 16, 2010

    Oh boy, more talk.