RPSEA member Stanford University hosted The Deepwater Horizon Disaster and the Future of Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, two public lectures to help inform the public on the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the future of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The lectures featured Stanford faculty discussing the accident, what happened, and why; oil and gas production in the Gulf and what it means as a resource, now and in the future; the impacts of the spill; and regulatory reform.
On November 16, Dr. Roland Horne, Thomas Davies Barrow Professor, Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford School of Earth Sciences, presented a talk about why the accident occurred based on information in the BP Accident Report and other public resources. On November 30 Dr. Mark Zoback, RPSEA Board member and Benjamin M. Page Professor, Department of Geophysics, Stanford School of Earth Sciences, spoke about the need for continued deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The principal objective of the November 30 presentation was for Meg Caldwell, Executive Director, Center for Ocean Solutions, and, Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program, Stanford Law School, to speak on environmental impacts and environmental regulatory issues. Following, all three participated in a panel discussion answering questions from the audience.To view the lectures on Stanford University’s website, click here.